What is Stem Cell Therapy pt. 2

What are stem cells?

Simply stated, stem cells are the bodies internal repair system. These cells are called mesenchymal cells, they are undifferentiated cells that have the power to turn into whatever type of cell or tissue that is needed including: bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon. When you get injured or have a cut on your skin, stem cells are active in repairing the tissues and skin. The problem is, as we age, our stem cell count gets lower and lower and it takes us longer and longer to heal. When we are born, 1/10,000 cells in our body is a stem cell. By the age of 50, 1 in every 400,000 cells is a stem cell. Stem cells have also been shown to decrease chronic inflammation that causes achy and painful joints. Stem cells also are immunomodulatory, which essentially means they can boost and strengthen your immune system. At Cactus Medical Center we offer joint injections and IV treatment using Umbilical Cord Stem Cells (UCSC’s). Check out our next post for more information on where the cells come from, and the benefits of UCSC’s.

Author
Dr. Casey McNinch, PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist with expertise in working with the aging population, individuals with Parkinson's Disease, and individuals with neck and low back injuries.

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