What is Stem Cell Therapy?
The human body is made up of many types of cells that are specialized to perform specific functions to sustain life. Mesenchymal stem cells are naturally found within the body and specialize in differentiating themselves into bone, cartilage, or fat cells. Like other cells in the body, when they replicate, they will produce more stem cells, called daughter cells. However, if these cells sense a need within the body (i.e. there is damage that needs repair), these cells will turn into that needed material.
Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine
Because stem cells essentially regenerate needed cells, stem cell therapy is categorized under the umbrella term “regenerative medicine.” Stem cells are always at work in our bodies to repair and keep our bodies functioning at their best. However, certain damage may require the use of regenerative medicine as the body on its own is unable to heal itself.
Simplistically explained, stem cell therapy is when stem cells are taken from one area of the body, usually the hip, and injected into the back, in the area that requires healing. Once the cells are injected, they will begin healing the damage and turning into the cells that are required to do so.
Will Stem Cell Therapy Work For Me?
Unfortunately, stem cell therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to back pain and injuries. However, many patients have seen success when stem cell therapy has been included in their treatment plan. More research is still being performed as to how effective it is for patients with various conditions.
Because treatments such as stem cell therapy have many different applications, it is best to speak to a back pain specialist to determine if this is the best course of action for your treatment needs. Dr. Rahman is among the top spine surgeons and back pain specialists in the country who’s primary focus is helping his patients get the treatment they need to enjoy the best results.
To learn about your options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rahman at Houston Scoliosis and Spine Institute.