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Stem Cell Therapy in Houston

Stem Cell Therapy in Houston

Vivek P. Kushwaha, M.D. Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Stem cells are naturally occurring, simple, or undifferentiated cells — they’re essentially the originators of all body tissues. Stem cells can be used to generate nearly any kind of human body tissue or to promote the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues.

In orthopedics, stem cell therapy is focused on mesenchymal stem cells, which are obtained from living adult tissue. In the right environment, bone marrow stromal cells  — a type of mesenchymal stem cell — can differentiate into cells that are part of the musculoskeletal system. They can help form trabecular bone, tendon, articular cartilage, ligaments and part of the bone marrow.

Stem cell therapy has been used to treat a variety of blood and bone marrow diseases, immune disorders and blood cancers. But the uses for stem cell therapy don’t stop there. Although it’s still in the experimental stage, stem cell therapy is proving to be beneficial in treating a number of orthopaedic conditions. In 2010, a patient with a spinal injury became the first person to receive treatment derived from stem cells.

Orthopedic stem cell therapy in Houston — or spine regenerative cellular therapy —  is being used to treat a variety of conditions and injuries, including acute and chronic injuries of bone, muscle, tendon, ligaments and cartilage. It can be used to treat bone fractures and nonunions, regenerate articular cartilage in arthritic joints, heal ligaments or tendons and replace degenerative vertebral discs.

The goal of stem cell therapy in Houston is to reduce pain and improve function by repairing tissues using cell-based techniques, avoiding the need for artificial replacement therapies. Studies indicate that stem cell therapy is safe and low-risk compared to some other procedures, though some conditions may be too severe for stem cell therapy.

Although it’s a promising treatment, stem cell therapy in orthopedics is still in the experimental stages and most procedures are performed at research centers as part of a controlled clinical trial. It is expected that using stem cell therapy to treat orthopedic conditions will become more common in the coming years. Contact Dr. Kushwaha today to see if this is the right step for you to take.

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