What Medical Conditions Will Regenerative Medicine Treat?
The applications of stem cell treatments are practically limitless at this point. Physicians are using stem cell therapies in the treatment for a widely varied list of medical diseases/disorders and traumas. Currently, orthopedic applications are among the most successful for not only relieving pain, but also helping to prevent surgical procedures for traumatic injuries suffered during sporting activities and everyday life.
Treatment of Arthritis
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common joint conditions in the entire world. It is commonly associated with aging but is also frequently seen in cases of overuse of joints (knees, hips, hands, shoulders, spines, etc). Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of mesenchymal stem cells, physicians are able to minimize inflammation-related osteoarthritis pain. As part of a study about seven years ago, patients with severe OA were injected with mesenchymal stem cells and found they were able to walk longer without pain and climb a greater number of stairs after treatment. A follow-up study five years later revealed that improvements had decreased but showed that the knee treated with stem cells was still better than the baseline. There are many other studies like this which all support that stem cells are often beneficial in treating arthritic conditions.
When you have joint injury and degeneration, mesenchymal (MSC) stem cells are useful in improving the overall function of joints. More than 20 clinical studies or case studies in the peer reviewed scientific literature all demonstrate that stem cells have been effective in regeneration of tissue, improving function, reducing pain and improving the quality of life for those suffering from orthopedic conditions.
Fractures are another area in which stem cell treatments have shown to be highly successful. One specific review reported 75% union over the course of 14 weeks after stem cell injections in one case and 88% union over four months in another case with non-union bone fractures.
A Small Current List of what Stem Cell Injections May Help Restore
Osteoarthritis – ACL Tears – Meniscus Tears – Plantar Fasciitis – Tennis Elbow – Golfer’s Elbow – Rotator Cuff Tears – Torn Labrum – Back Pain – Sciatic Pain – Disc Degeneration – Disc Bulges/Prolapse – Degenerative Joint Disease …. And the list will continue to grow!