According to a recent experimental stem cell therapy treatment developed
by Asterias Biotherapeutics, stem cell therapy may be helping patients
with spinal cord paralysis regain some motor functions and movement.
20 years ago, the company discovered human embryonic stem cells could be
grown to form other tissue types such as oligodendrocytes, the cells responsible
for protecting nerves. Since then, the company has worked to develop their
discovering into a treatment that could help prevent nerves from dying.
After their initial animal trials had shown promise, Asterias began their
experimental stem cell therapy in five patients. A neurosurgeon injected
stem cells into the site of the spinal cord between two and four weeks
after the patient was injured. With the hope that they could restore signals
to the brain before scar tissue forms and the nerves die. Stem cells are
incredibly versatile in the medical community as they have the unique
ability to transform into several other types of cells used in the body.
Of the five patients initially injected with the stem cells, one of them
has regained use of both arms and hands. He is now able to send text messages,
feed himself and use a wheelchair. Another two of the five patients were
regained the use of two motor levels on one side of their body three months
after the stem cells were implanted. Asterias reports that all five of
the patients have reported improvement on upper extremity functions.
At Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we provide stem cell-based therapies
designed to help treat spinal cord injuries, hip injuries, and knee injuries. Our
Scottsdale stem cell treatment center can provide a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment for both patients
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