Stems cells are cells that are originally unassigned to any part of the body. They have the potential to become any type of body part. In the 4th or 5th stage of embryonic development, most stem cells develop into different body parts, including bone, eyes, nose, mouth, arms, hands, legs, feet, etc. Throughout our lives, we count on stem cells to repair damaged parts of the body. By adulthood, adult stem cells are used to replenish the other cells that die off in the body. Medical science has learned how to use stem cells to treat sick and injured patients. There are plenty of clinical trials testing the stem cell therapies. When injected into the injured body, it can make a 70-year-old person seem more like a 30-year-old.
Injection of Stem Cells
Stem cell injections can come from amniotic fluid in pregnant women or cord blood after the infant’s birth, in order to utilize embryonic stem cells, medically. Adult stem cells are extracted from bone marrow, blood vessels, and some body parts, such as the heart, limbs, kidneys, skin and liver. Stem cells could someday help do away with need for transplants, by revitalizing the injured body part. For example, kidney function can be improved by using injections from bone marrow. There are many advantages to getting these injections of stem cells:
- Treating diseases including Parkinson, Type I diabetes, cardio, and vascular.
- Burn victims.
- Genetic defects
- Injured body parts including heart, kidneys, limbs.
- Drug testing
Treating Knee Injuries
Prior to use of stem cells, knee injuries, such as torn ligaments, cartilage, and tendon damage required surgery. If a football player required knee surgery, it usually took about six weeks for him to fully recover and get back into the game. People with arthritic knees required medication. A common treatment for injured knees is knee replacement surgery. Today, doctors are working on stem cell knee injections that’ll eliminate surgery to fix torn ligaments and the use of lifelong use of pain killing drugs. Perhaps, one day, the medical profession could do away with knee replacement surgery, altogether. Stems cells taken from fat tissues and bone marrow are being used to inject into knees to counteract osteoarthritis. This study began in the late 1990s. Today, many patients requiring knee replacement surgery are successfully testing out getting stem cells injected into their knees instead of surgery.