Twenty years ago, if a doctor told you that there are cells present in your body that could not only self-replicate, but were capable of transforming into different types of cells to heal several different organs, tissues and joints throughout your body – would you have believed them? What may have seemed like science fiction years ago is the reality today. Stem cells are the only cell in the body that has the ability to turn itself into a new cell with a different function, such as blood cells, brain cells, heart muscle or bone. That creates extraordinary possibilities for therapy. Stem cell therapy is now routinely practiced for a variety of injuries and joint pain, and many believe that’s only the beginning.
Stem cell treatments and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy were once reserved only for elite professional athletes such as Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez, who used the treatments to repair painful knee, shoulder and joint injuries, to get back on the course, field or court, and even delay retirement. Now hundreds of NFL players are using stem cell treatments – the NFL views it as a medical treatment. Now available to anyone, stem cell therapy has become more mainstream, and regenerative medicine is a field that is showing tremendous progress and expanding daily.
So what are stem cells, how do they help regenerate tissue, and do they really work? Simply put, yes they work. Stem cells were discovered in human cord blood in 1978, and doctors have been studying the effects of stem cell therapy ever since. Stem cells are the building blocks and raw materials of your body – your body’s main cells for repairing damaged tissue and reducing inflammation.
Your body is constantly turning over new cells, as old cells die – those replacement cells are stem cells. When isolated and concentrated, stem cells can divide and replenish cells that are damaged by disease and injury or normal wear. Doctors and scientists have known this for decades, but they weren’t sure how to extract them, and use stem cells for therapeutic purposes until the last ten years or so.
To give an analogy, Dr. David Borenstein of New York was quoted in a recent Men’s Journal article comparing stem cells to gold mining. “There’s tons of gold in there,” he said pointing to the body, then continued, “The problem is, it’s sitting in the ground, doing nothing. You gotta go in there and get it.”
Today, stem cells are actively and successfully being used to treat a variety of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, leukemia, and even sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction and aesthetics like anti-aging to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or non-surgical hair restoration. Stem cells also repair damaged tissue and reduce inflammation from injury or overuse, which is why it is such a popular medical practice with professional athletes. The question is, what can it do for you?
You may be an excellent candidate for stem cell therapy if you:
At the Stem Cell Center of New Jersey, we have several real-life patient examples of how stem cell therapy has improved conditions, relieved pain, and provided an excellent non-surgical option to recovery. Our physicians know that stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine is a developing and expanding field of medicine, and they are actively and aggressively implementing this into patient care every day. Contact us today, and we’ll create an individualized treatment plan for you.