Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder thatafflicts more than one million people in the U.S., with over 60,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. It leads to progressive deterioration of motor function, and the disease progresses slowly in most people who develop it. Traditional care for Parkinson’s involves treating the symptoms, however regenerative medical treatments, such as those offered by the Stem Cell Center of New Jersey,has the potential to shift how the disease is treated.

What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s requires a medical diagnosis, and the disease occurs mostly in people around 60 years old, but can also affect younger adults as well. It’s caused when a person’s brain slowly stops producing a neurotransmitter called dopamine, this leaves patients with limited muscle control along with numerous side effects.

Parkinson’s Causes

Doctors and scientists have found that Parkinson’s disease is idiopathic, meaning that there is no known cause and that it arises sporadically. Scientists have discovered several genes that are associated in those who have developed Parkinson’s, and it may help lead to new therapies, and identify certain causes. Despite there being no definitive cause, there are a few factors that could increase your odds of developing Parkinson’s:

  • Adults over 60 years of age
  • Family history of Parkinson’s could increase risk
  • Head trauma or illness
  • Exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides and herbicides
  • Men are affected 1.5 to 2 times more often than women

Parkinson’s Symptoms

Symptoms of Parkinson’s may reveal themselves gradually, and the first signs might be barely noticeable, however over time symptoms may progress and include:

  • Tremors, usually a tremor starts in one hand
  • Slow movement
  • Stiffness and muscle rigidity
  • Involuntary movements
  • Loss of balance
  • Amnesia, confusion in the evening
  • Dementia – difficulty thinking and understanding
  • Depression

The Treatment

Traditional treatment for Parkinson’s included medication to help stop involuntary movements, reduce tremors and reduce muscle rigidity. Physical therapy also helped to manage symptoms and maintain muscle mass.

Regenerative medicine is now offering treatment for Parkinson’s with stem cell therapy. It works to repair damaged cells by detecting cytokine signals released by damaged dopamine producing neurons and become replacement cells to restore this function. The number of stem cell treatments may vary since everyone responds at a different rate of cellular repair and replacement. Regenerative medicine also has the advantage of little to no side effects, compared with conventional medications, since it uses the patient’s own stem cells or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to restore and begin to rebuild damaged cells and inflamed tissues.

At the Stem Cell Center of New Jersey, we offer regenerative injection treatments for patients who are suffering from Parkinson’s and its life-disrupting symptoms. Contact us today for a personalized treatment plan.

At Stem Cell Center of New Jersey, we offer regenerative therapies including stem cell, exosomes, and other sources of growth factors to regenerate healthy tissue. Contact us today to schedule a one on one consultation, or to join us at one of our informative lectures to learn more about the potential of stem cell therapy.

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