Fast improvements seen in sport related injuries after stem cell therapy
Source: National Osteoporosis Foundation
Osteporosis is a condition that causes bones to become weak, fragile and more likely to break.
Affecting more than 54 million people in the US, the most common injuries casued by Osteoporosis are; wrist fractures, hip fractures and fractures of the spinal bones – according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Some people can lose bone density much faster than as part of the normal ageing process, leading to developing the condition.
There are other factors that can increase the risk of developing the condition:
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), participation in organized sports is on the rise.
Nearly 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports in the United States. But this increase in play has led to some other startling statistics about injuries among America’s young athletes:
In fact according to research data by American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, over 3.5 million athletes received medical treatment due to sports injuries each year.
Research into Stem Cell Treatment for Bone, Cartilage and Sports Injury Repair
Fortunately, sports injuries are one of the most rapidly developing areas of adult stem cell investigations, with stem cells being utilised to speed healing, reduce scarring/fibrosis, and heal structures that previously could not be healed as well as relieving pain.
Whilst some investigations are determining if stem cells speed healing and recovery, including:
Others are investigating the ability of stem cells to promote recovery in areas that historically heal poorly or not at all. These include:
One of the most common types of sports injuries are meniscus tears. Surgery to remove the torn part of the meniscus is also very common. Unfortunately, many people who have torn their meniscus, or who have the torn piece removed will go on to develop osteoarthritis. Until recently, a person with persistent pain following meniscus surgery had very few options. They could undergo a meniscus transplant, or simply try medications or injections to treat the pain.
However, in January 2014 a preliminary, but exciting study revealed that a single injection of stem cells may help certain patients regrow a portion of the meniscus which was removed at the time of surgery. This study also showed that pain relief was higher in the stem cell-treated meniscus tear group.
Now stem cell therapies are no longer viewed as the exclusive preserve of professional athletes, and whilst you can find plenty of stories about the role that stem cell therapy played in the treatment of Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, among others, there is increasing evidence that stem therapy is now moving within the active reach of many.
Protecting Against Potential Future Health Issues
The best stem cells are young stem cells, before they can deteriorate through age of pollution. That’s why it’s advisable to bank stem cells whilst they are in their prime, at the best they will ever be – at the youngest age possible.
As children naturally lose around 12 teeth over a five-year period, the process of obtaining viable stem cells for future treatment for bone, cartilage and injury repair is non-invasive. It’s also the most cost effective way to ensure cells are banked and ready for when they may need to be used in the future.
To keep up to date with the latest developments in stem cell therapy and the treatment of bone, cartilage and sports injuries, make sure to check back regularly to our blog.