Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cells, which help create new cells in healthy living tissue, are now being used to help repair damaged tissue in injured structures.
As of recently, physicians have focused more and more on stem cell therapy in research centers to help heal orthopedic ailments such as bone fractures, arthritic joints, and to heal ligaments or tendons.
Stem cell procedures are also being used to replace degenerative vertebral disks. Surgeons have focused their attention on mesenchymal stem cells. Unlike embryonal stem cells, mesenchymal stem cells are derived from healthy living adult tissue.
Stem cells are important in that they have the unique ability to self-renew, to divide for long periods of time and have the ability to differentiate into a variety of other cells, also known as multi-potency. This allows them to be used in a variety of therapies and to become the foundation for many new treatments and injuries. Stem cell therapy can help improve quality of life and even save lives. It has been used for bone grafting, skeletal defects and in treatments for conditions such as osteonecrosis.
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