Over the past 100 years, much like technology, medical science has come a long way. Yet, as we have a growing aging population due to people living longer, current medical treatments are increasingly unable to keep pace with patients’ needs. In some cases, traditional medicine has few effective ways to treat the root causes of many diseases, injuries, and congenital conditions.
But now, there is an exciting area of medicine that is really coming into its own, offering new and less invasive treatments by utilizing the body’s own regenerative process.
Current Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology Are Making Huge Advances
Regenerative medicine. It is a medical term you might not have heard before. It references the new game-changing area of medicine that holds the potential to fully heal damaged tissue and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that are beyond repair using today’s standard medical techniques.
Regenerative medicine is not really that new. After all, the first bone marrow and organ transplants were done decades ago. But, what is exciting about today’s regenerative medicine techniques are the recent advancements in developmental and cell biology that are presenting new opportunities for regenerative therapies.
The Role of Stem Cells in Medicine Today, and the Future
Arguably, the biggest advancement is due to research on stem cells, and the effects they have on the body.
Stem cells are the “jack of all trades” when it comes to cells. In other words, they have the amazing ability to develop into many types of cells, such as skin cells, brain cells, lung cells, and so on. Stem cells are the exciting key that is unlocking so many new treatments in regenerative medicine. Researchers continue to study a variety of stem cells. There are various types, as each type of stem cell has its own unique qualities. Some are proving to be more versatile than others, and with more research comes increasing efficacy and possibility for stem cell treatment.
What Does This Mean for Patients?
Physicians and researchers studying and working in the area of regenerative medicine are developing completely new ways to treat and manage chronic conditions, such as:
- Heart failure
- Degenerative nerve conditions
- Degenerative bone and joint conditions
Stem Cell Injections Reduce Knee Pain
Researchers have found that injecting a patient’s knee with stem cells can alleviate the pain caused by osteoarthritis. More interesting is the fact that a recent study at the Mayo Clinic found that, when an arthritis patient’s knee is injected with stem cells, the stem cells not only relieved the pain in the injected knee, but in the other arthritic knee, as well. In other words, the stem cells found their way to the part of the body where they could best work their magic and relieve pain in both knees.
This shouldn’t be too surprising, as cancer patients have received injections of stem cells into their blood stream in order to regenerate bone marrow for years. Again, in that instance, the stem cells found their way to the part of the body that needed exactly the healing power they could provide…the bone marrow.
This is exciting news for people who suffer from knee pain, as there are currently 600,000 total knee replacements performed in the U.S. annually, and that number is expected to grow to 4 million by 2030. Knee replacement is often an invasive surgery, is quite painful, and requires a long recovery time.
Regenerative medicine’s use of stem cells may put an end to that difficult knee surgery. This is because stem cell research is investigating rejuvenation medical treatments that can use the healing power of the cells by boosting the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
And, there is current research that is continuing to expand the opportunities in stem cell replacement where damaged cells, tissues, and organs…including tissues in the knee…are replaced by healthy cells that can regrow tissue and organs.
Believe it or not, the future is now. A handful of highly qualified doctors are performing stem cell injections into patients whose knees cause them to suffer with pain. And, the treatments are achieving a good rate of success.
If you would like more information about how stem cell injections might alleviate your knee pain, call National Stem Cell Centers. Our office in New York City, NY can be reached by calling (646) 448-0427, or you can call our Long Island, NY office at (516) 403-1457. Call today to find out if you are a good candidate for stem cell therapy, or schedule an appointment online for your complimentary consultation.