Stem Cell Therapy: New hope for old joints

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Today, there is an alternative to joint replacement surgery that offers people suffering from joint pain the chance to use cell from their own bodies to repair and replace damaged joint tissues. Stem cell therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be used to treat any joint in the body with injuries of the Achilles tendon and tendinitis responding particularly well to treatment. Results from stem cell therapy treatments are offering hope and unprecedented opportunities for health that some have dubbed it ‘the penicillin of the 21st Century’.

For quite a while now, stem cells have been in the news and often the subject of public debate, because of the use of human embryos. Today, most stem cell work, research and treatments use adult stem cells that are harvested from a person’s own body (not from human embryos and fetuses) and then re-implanted.

Because of the stringent limits on stem cell research in the United States, American medicine has fallen some 10-15 years behind its European and other global counterparts. However, in 2009 the U.S. created a “minimally manipulated” threshold that gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration oversight of regenerative applications of stem cell therapy. Since then, FDA rules changes has allowed the U.S. to catch up.

Despite the limited access to U.S. stem cell therapy, many athletes have successfully received stem cell therapy for their sports injuries by choosing to travel outside the U.S. Just in the last few years, athletes Peyton Manning, Kobe Bryant and Bartolo Colon, just to name a few, have received stem cell therapy.

It is hoped that soon results from current clinical trials will offer support for greater use of stem cell therapy in the U.S., providing a real alternative to the numerous traditional and more invasive methods of treating many chronic conditions.

U.S. veterinarians have been successfully using stem cell therapy since 2003, and today it is a common practice in many veterinary clinics. In fact, Bob Harman a veterinarian and CEO of Vet-Stem, a company that utilizes stem cell therapy to treat racehorses, was quoted in an online article (Popular Science Website) that his company has treated over 4,000 horses with soft tissue injuries (e.g. tendinitis, muscle contusions), with a success rate of 70% to 80%.

A simple online search will also show many successes with stem cell therapy in humans as was evidenced with the athletes mentioned previously as well as with many average Joes.

Stem cells are abundant in the body and are responsible for tissue maintenance and healing functions. They are capable of surviving for long periods of time and they can also divide to create more stems cells. Because of this and other intrinsic qualities, stem cells have an enormous potential as a therapeutic agent for use in repairing, restoring replacing, and regenerating cells that have been damaged by normal wear and tear or injury.

Today in medicine, we are in the midst of a shift in focus from treating symptoms to regenerative solutions that stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. With outcomes demonstrating that patients are having excellent pain improvements, there is little doubt that stem cell therapy is changing orthopedics and medicine as a whole. New advances in stem cell treatment and legal applications.

Staff @ MexicaliMedicalGuide
April 5, 2013
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