How Stem Cell Therapy is Being Used for Spinal Cord Injuries
Is stem cell therapy the future in healing spinal cord injuries? Positive results at advanced medical clinics like NSI Stem Cell Centers in Florida are pointing in that direction*. Think of the spinal cord as a multi-wired cable running down the center of your back. When those “wires” are damaged or severed, a successful repair system would need to “splice” the damaged or detached ends. Stem cells provide the basic “splicing material” in this exciting new concept in treating spinal injury.*
Already, stem cell therapies are being safely and effectively used in the U.S. for an ever-growing list of injuries, illnesses and chronic conditions.* These run the gamut from the body’s joints (like knee injuries), to nerve damage (like neuropathy), to the neurological (like Parkinson’s Disease). *Stem cell therapy is also being used to help heal damage to organs like the heart and lungs and more.* Using stem cell in treating spinal cord injuries is a natural extension in the science of regenerative medicine.*
What Stem Cell Use in the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries Can Do
Spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating physical injuries that can occur. Among the affects of a spinal injury are:
- Muscle weakness, trouble with coordination, muscle stiffness and/or spasms, or reflexes that are hyper-active
- A reduction in the ability to feel touch
- Incontinence (urinary or bowel)
- Atypical sensations in the affected area
- Breathing trouble
Already, however, stem cell therapy for spinal cord injuries is showing positive results in spinal injury patients, helping to restore feeling and mobility.* As progress continues, it is conceivable that stem cell medical technology may continue to aid in the reversal of virtually ever symptom of spinal cord injuries.*
For decades, now, it has been established that stem cells are the natural, basic building blocks at the heart of the body’s ability to repair, regenerate, rebuild and heal. Not only that, but the discovery many years ago that stem cells remain in, and circulate throughout, the body all life-long revolutionized regenerative medicine and made it far more accessible to the public.
These particular types of stem cells are called adult mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs). Think of them as “packets of potential,” able to become a multiplicity of cell types, according to need. These include bone, cartilage, muscle, fat, nerve, neuron and blood cells. When the body needs to ward off an infection, fight off a disease, heal a wound or replace dead cells, it is stem cells that provide the raw material.
Perhaps you’re thinking, “if this is true, then why don’t spinal cord injuries heal on their own accord?” This is because sometimes an injury is so profound, the immune response is overwhelmed. Think of it as a kind of triage response from the body: things must be done to avoid further or worse damage.
The body’s inflammatory response releases inhibitory factors that ultimately result in the retraction of the nerve cell axons. An axon is a projection of a nerve cell. Its main function is to conduct electrical impulses. This function is critical in transmitting information to the various areas of the body. When nerve axons retract, the area of damage expands. Scar tissue develops, which blocks the growth of new cells from spanning the area of spinal injury.
Stem cell therapy is used in spinal cord injuries to boost the body’s natural healing ability, reduce inflammation, replace scar tissue, and help rebuild and create new nerve endings and their axons.* In effect, stem cell treatments repair the “ragged edges” and “splice” the spinal nerves back together.*
Spinal Injury Treatment Before the Age of Regenerative Medicine
Prior to the development of regenerative medical methods like stem cell therapies, there was limited success in treating spinal cord injuries with growth factors or in attempts to block the inhibitory factors that are triggered after spinal injury. In some cases, physical therapy offered marginal improvement. But, in reality, very little could be done to restore significant function.
For many years, researchers sought a way to bridge the gap that was the barrier to successful recovery in spinal cord injuries. The advances in regenerative medicine has brought meaningful spinal injury repair to the fore. As stem cell treatments for spinal injury progress, AMSCs are showing that they not only form bridges across lesions, but may also excrete beneficial anti-inflammatory factors, thus helping to reduce inflammation.*
Sound Research Behind Today’s Stem Cell Therapy for Spinal Injury
All over the world, previous research has demonstrated the present abilities and future potentials of stem cell medicine. In Salvador, Brazil, stem cells therapy was used on fourteen patients with spinal cord injuries. In each case, the patient had no motor or sensory function below the waist. In all fourteen cases, the patients regained abilities in feeling light touch, and several were able to recover some leg movement.
Meanwhile, at the prestigious Trivedi Institute of Transplantation Sciences in India, ten people with similar spinal cord injuries were treated with stem cells. After several months, the majority of research subjects were able to walk for at least one hour with the aid of walkers, and their bladder and bowel functions showed improvement.
And, here in the U.S., the National Academy of Sciences published research that revealed stem cells’ capabilities in differentiating into the white, red and platelet cells of the blood, promoting remyelination (which is the regeneration of myelin, the sheathing on certain nerve cells), re-growing nerve axons and improving function.* Meanwhile, NSI Stem Cell Centers of Florida has demonstrated exciting results in the treatment of spinal cord injuries, as demonstrated in recent and inspiring NSI spinal injury patient video.
The NSI Stem Cell Treatment for Spinal Cord Injuries
Treating spinal cord injuries with stem cells at NSI Stem Cell Centers begins with the patient’s own stem cells. This FDA guidelines-compliant procedure uses adipose-derived AMSCs, which simply means the stem cells are taken from a small sample of the patient’s fat stores that lie just below the skin. The body’s adipose fat is a particularly rich source of these multi-potent stem cells. The fat is usually harvested from the thigh, abdomen or buttock area.
Because NSI’s stem cell therapy for spinal cord injuries is very minimally invasive, the treatments are done on an outpatient basis and completed within a few hours. A local anesthesia, as necessary, is all that is required at the site where the sample is taken. There is no post-procedure downtime, so patients can return to their usual routine immediately after leaving the clinic.
Because the stem cells used in the spinal cord injury treatments are the patient’s own, there is no risk of rejection. At the beginning of the treatment, the tissue sample is taken and put through centrifugation. This separates the stem cells from the rest of the tissue elements. Once separated, the stem cells are used in a potent, concentrated serum that is injected back into the patient.
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.