Stem Cell Therapies Explained
Also known as regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy is similar to transplanting organs but cells are used instead. The cells, which are limited in supply, are grown in labs. The stem cells can divide and renew themselves and be manipulated to evolve into certain types of cells, such nerve cells, brain cells and heart muscle cells. Stem cell injections enable these specialized cells to get implanted into the part of the body that needs healing.
What Are Stem Cells?
Cells in the human body are either specialized or unspecialized. The specialized cells include blood cells, nerve cells, muscle cells and skin cells. These types of cells carry out a specific function and cannot be manipulated in any way. Once a specialized cell, always a specialized cell. Unspecialized cells are also called stem cells and can be turned into other types of cells.
The three types of stem cells include:
- Human embryonic stem cells
- Adult stem cells (also called somatic stem cells)
- Induced pluripotent stem cells
It is these three types of stem cells that are used in stem cell therapy.2
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cell therapy is basically the process of transplanting stem cells to either treat or prevent a condition or disease. One of the most popular types of stem cell therapy is bone marrow transplant. Bone marrow, along with adipose and platelets, contains a mechanism that allows the body to heal itself. Stem cell injections allow these blood cells to get implanted into certain parts of the body that are in need of restoration and relief.
If you have injured or damaged any of the following parts of your body, contact us to see how stem cells injections can help you:
- Articular cartilage
- Tendons and ligaments
At Southeast Orthopedic Medicine Specialists, we want you feeling your best, which is why we offer some of the most advanced treatment methods available including stem cell therapy.