21 Aug Stem Cell Repair Versus Stem Cell Regeneration
Stem cell therapy is one of the most exciting medical advances to emerge over the past decade. The medical community still does not fully understand stem cell therapy. However, the information that is known about stem cell therapy leaves many people full of hope for the future. There is hope that one day, there will be treatments or a cure for diseases that currently have none. There is hope that damaged tissues in the body can one day be repaired and regenerated. There is hope that as stem cell therapy becomes more commonplace, more and more people will live an improved quality of life.
Stem cell therapy works by injecting harvested stem cells into the problem area in a person’s body. Once injected, these stem cells are able to repair or regenerate damaged tissue. This works because stem cells are undifferentiated cells. Once they are injected into the body, they can turn into any kind of cell the body needs. For example, if a patient is suffering from osteoarthritis of the hip, stem cells may be injected into the hip joint. Once injected, these stem cells can differentiate into cartilage cells in order to replace damaged cartilage in the hip that is leading to pain. In addition, stem cells can help to heal cartilage in the area that is damaged.
It is said that stem cells can repair or regenerate damaged tissue. While these processes may sound the same, there are some key differences. When it comes to repairing damaged tissue, no new tissue is created. For example, if cartilage cells have been damaged, stem cells may go in and fix these damaged cells. This has particularly important implications for neurons which are very difficult to repair. Regeneration refers to the ability to create new cells. Again, if a cartilage cell is damaged, or if cartilage has worn down and there are fewer cartilage cells in the area, stem cells can differentiate into cartilage cells. Thus, completely replacing these damaged or lost cartilage cells.
The ability of stem cells to repair or regenerate damaged tissue has massive implications for the field of medicine. When people lose limbs, they cannot regrow those limbs. There is hope that with more research on stem cell therapy, scientists will not only be able to replace damaged cells but maybe even entire body parts in the future. This provides a lot of hope for patients who currently have decreased quality of life due to amputation and loss of limbs. In addition, some neurological disorders which are caused by damaged neurons may one day have a treatment or cure.
We live in an exciting time of scientific and medical discovery. Our understanding of stem cells has shown us that hope exists in places where we once thought it did not. Stem cell therapy is unique in that it addresses the underlying cause of various ailments. It does this by having the ability to repair or regenerate damaged tissue as opposed to simply masking the pain that damaged tissue causes. As stem cell therapy becomes more widely available, there is no telling what future treatments and cures may be discovered.