Stem cell therapy is breaking down obstacles and pioneering new frontiers in medicine on almost a daily basis. It’s no wonder that every major medical university in the country dedicates tons of funding and resources to stem cell research!
One of the most exciting areas where stem cell therapy shows huge promise is orthopedics. Bone regeneration and repair have always been difficult for medical professionals to stimulate, but stem cells use the body’s own natural functions to accomplish this.
One area of particular interest to orthopedic practitioners for potential stem cell therapy treatment is fractures. Fractures present very unique problems for doctors and surgeons, and it is generally accepted that allowing fractures to heal naturally is preferable to surgical intervention. However, due to the slow nature of the natural bone repair and issues with maintaining the bone immobile that entire time, using stem cell therapy to speed up the healing process is highly desirable.
How do stem cells help fractures heal?
Stem cells can differentiate into whatever type of cell the body needs to heal itself, be it osteogenic cells, cartilage cells, red blood cells, or more. Using stem cells in combination with growth factors can also stimulate the body to produce more of these repair cells on its own.
For clean fractures that have not left a large gap in the bone at the break, stem cells can be injected into the fracture site with a needle and syringe. This minimally invasive procedure has been shown to significantly reduce healing times in these simple fractures.
For more complex fractures, including those that break through the skin, stem cells can still be incorporated into the surgical technique to promote fast and thorough healing. The surgeon will simply apply the stem cells to a matrix material (usually a bone graft, but it can be artificial) and use this to reconnect the broken ends of the bone. This matrix material gives the stem cells a place to grow and proliferate in the absence of enough bone material.
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