Most medical treatments for chronic conditions are aimed at managing your symptoms. But researchers are now looking into regenerative medicine, using therapies like stem cell treatment, to address the source of your pain. The experienced team at Pacific Pain Physicians in Santa Barbara, California, offers regenerative medicine as a method to reduce discomfort by focusing on the underlying cause. To learn more about stem cell treatment, call the office today or book an appointment online.
Stem cells serve as your body’s resources for the healing and regeneration of tissue. Your stem cells are the blank cells in your body that have the ability to turn into whatever special cell you may need, whether you need new skin to heal a cut, new bone to mend a fracture or new blood vessels to nourish your tissue.
Researchers are just beginning to uncover the potential use of stem cells for health and healing. In coming years, your stem cells may be able to grow new tissues or organs for transplantation, or cure chronic health conditions, such as Type 1 diabetes or spinal cord injuries.
There are different types of stem cells currently being researched. These stem cells include:
Embryonic stem cells
Embryonic stem cells are found in 3 to 5 day-old embryos. These types of stem cells are considered pluripotent stem cells, which means they have the ability to create any type of cell the body may need. These types of stem cells can also divide into more stem cells.
Mesenchymal stem cells
Mesenchymal stem cells are adult stem cells. These are the stem cells found in your bone marrow. Mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent stem cells, which means they can produce many different types of specialized cells, but not all types of cells your body may need.
Perinatal stem cells
Perinatal stem cells are found in amniotic fluid and the umbilical cord. These stem cells have the ability to morph into specialized cells, but are still in the research phase.
Researchers are also currently working on developing techniques that could turn the mesenchymal stem cells from multipotent stem cells into pluripotent stem cells.
The specialists at Pacific Pain Physicians see the medical possibilities of stem cell treatment and may recommend it as an option to help heal the diseased or damaged tissue causing your pain. By injecting stem cells directly into the injured tissue, it may help accelerate the healing process and provide you with more long-term pain management.
Regenerative medicine is an innovative area of medicine with many possibilities, especially for pain management. To learn more about stem cell treatment, call Pacific Pain Physicians today or book an appointment online.