Stem cells have the capacity to regenerate natural cell growth. They function as natural repair system within the body and can divide without limit. After dividing, the new cells can transform into a specific type of cell, whether muscle, tendon, ligament, or other, or may remain a stem cell, ready for future work.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the cells that produce other cells with specialized functions. They have the capacity to self-renew, producing more stem cells, or transform into a specific type of body cell. Stem cells are the only type of body cell with the ability to transform into other types of cells.
How stem cells regenerate
Stem cells are harvested from various areas where they are abundant, which may include adipose (fatty) tissue, or from placenta or umbilical cord products that were formerly discarded after the birth of a healthy baby. These cells have the capacity to regenerate, transforming into various types of cells in the body.
Regenerative medicine and stem cells
Stem cells have been found to be effective in replacing damaged or diseased cells with healthy cells. Some types of tissue, whether cartilage, tendon, or ligament, when injured, has been difficult to repair. With advances in stem cell and other types of biologic treatments, exciting results have been achieved in tissue regeneration.
Perinatal stem cells
The stem cells in amniotic fluid and umbilical cord blood, harvested after birth are called perinatal stem cells. These stem cells have been found to be effective in treating various types of joint, cartilage, tendon, and ligament injuries, as they have the ability to generate new, healthy cell growth.
What is stem cell therapy?
Stem cell therapy is a different approach to treating injuries, illnesses, and various types of tissue damage. The stem cells may be injected into the area to be treated to decrease inflammation and regenerate healthy tissue, warding off the need to undergo traditional joint replacement surgery.