A research team led by Stephen Badylak at the University of Pittsburgh has used the patient’s own stem cells to help them recover from injuries in which over 50% of their leg muscle was lost. First, they implanted a biological scaffold into the wound. Then, the patients underwent aggressive physical therapy, which directed the recruitment of stem cells to the site of injury to rebuild properly aligned muscle tissue. By the end of the treatment, patients exhibited muscle regrowth and at least a 20% increase in leg strength.
Although the body does regenerate some muscle after injury, extensive wounds are often too far apart to be filled in by the body’s normal repair and maintenance mechanisms. Such wounds are often filled with scar tissue and become difficult to heal or treat. With the University of Pittsburgh’s regenerative stem cell therapy, muscle tissue can be regrown across longer distances in the body, enabling patients to experience a significantly greater recovery from otherwise debilitating injuries.
Advances in stem cell based regenerative treatments are creating more effective treatment options for patients suffering from a wide variety of disease, trauma and injury. To learn more about stem cells, and how families can bank their own valuable stem cells by recovering the very powerful dental pulp stem cells during routine dental procedures; such as wisdom teeth extractions or the during the loss of baby teeth, visit StemSave or call 877-783-6728 (877-StemSave) today.
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