New ground is broken every day on stem cell research, thanks to the efforts of two Canadian scientists. Biophysicist James Till and cellular biologist Ernest McCulloch were studying radiation techniques at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto when they made the amazing discovery.
Since then, more and more information has been uncovered about stem cells. Scientists now know how to use these cells to provide pain relief, heal injuries and even treat serious diseases.
Stem cells may be derived from Adult stem cells. Adult stem cells can be altered in a laboratory environment to create induced pluripotent stems cells, or IPSCs. The adult stem cells are taken from a myriad of sources in the body. Often they are derived from bone marrow or adipose tissue. They can also be extracted from the nervous system. It was once thought that these stem cells could only replicate similar cells, but scientists have proven this is not the case.
The differentiating of stem cells is the true key to their therapeutic properties. Stem cells have the potential to differentiate into any kind of specialized cell, which is what happens over the course of embryonic development. Therapeutic stem cells are placed in an environment that mimics this embryonic stage, but they are guided to differentiate into specific cell types. This process that is highly delicate and carefully monitored. Over the years, regenerative therapy using stem cells has been perfected. Stem cell therapy only gets better and stronger as the years pass, with many scientists being hopeful that they are the secret to cures for cardiovascular diseases, auto-immune disease and even cancers.
Currently, stem cell therapy has proven to be a safe and effective treatment option for joint pain, back and muscle pain, fibromyalgia and even arthritis. It is also often used to treat patients who have suffered from injuries, providing a non-surgical approach to healing joints. This alternative form of medicine is faster and safer than surgery. It also offers a shorter healing time.
If you’d like to learn more about stem cell therapy, please call the Spine Institute Northwest at 888-712-0318 and one of our patient advocates will be happy to assist you.