Stem cell research has grown and evolved to the point where cellular therapy has become a revolutionary way to treat a range of conditions.
Basically, the most common type of stem cell therapy consists of isolating nonembryonic (adult) stem cells from your own bone marrow or fat tissue and then injecting them into the site of an injury to naturally regenerate damaged tissue and speed up the healing process.
Unlike most cells in your body, stem cells are undifferentiated, meaning they can develop into cells that serve numerous functions in many different parts of the body. The cells divide and create copies of themselves, becoming differentiated cells that can be used for treating diseases or replacing damaged organs or tissues.
The problem with adult stem cells is that they can’t differentiate into as many other types of cells as controversial embryonic stem cells.
However, scientist have recently figured out a way to genetically reprogram adult stem cells into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). These can differentiate into all kinds of specialized cells, thereby becoming able to produce new cells for any tissue or organ in the body.
Although research is ongoing, this breakthrough is opening the door to all sorts of potential medical solutions for conditions, diseases and injuries such as:
- Osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, and fingers
- Degenerative or damaged cartilage of the joints
- Chronic and degenerative diseases such as congestive heart failure, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), kidney disease, liver dysfunction, and heart disease
- Autoimmune diseases such as fibromyalgia, neuropathy, lupus, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and rheumatoid arthritis
- Neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, and Parkinson’s disease
- Male and female health and cosmetic issues including erectile dysfunction, hair loss, and facial aesthetics
Also, research is currently underway to test the safety and effectiveness of new medications using stem cell models instead of testing them on animals.
For its part, the regenerative medicine specialists at Lynx Healthcare are helping patients avoid surgery for back pain and musculoskeletal issues by using cellular therapy to stimulate the body’s own natural healing process. Also, as an industry leader in the field of stem cells, Lynx Healthcare is in the process of acquiring and building tissue bank storage facilities with the goal of providing the highest quality stem cell preservation services.
If you would like to learn more about tissue bank storage or how regenerative medicine can help you live free from chronic pain, call us today at (509) 321-4575 (Spokane) or (509) 591-0070 (Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Oregon, Yakima, Goldendale Pain Clinics) or request an appointment online.
At Lynx Healthcare, our dedicated staff is committed to providing the most diverse therapeutic options for your pain, together with state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, to increase your chances of a successful outcome. Use this convenient online contact form to learn more about how Lynx’s specialists can help you.