Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell research over the past decade and the resultant advent of regenerative medicine has the potential to revolutionize medical treatment. At present, stem cells can be categorized as embryonic, fetal, adult and induced pluripotent cells (iPS). Of all the sources, adult stem cells (ASC) are the most viable option at present due to their ease of availability, safety, and lack of ethical concerns.
Over the past decade, evidence for the use of adult stem cells in a number of non-hematological conditions has been mounting. ASCs have been used for treating a host of conditions including chronic degenerative diseases, traumatic injuries, inflammatory diseases, immunological diseases, and genetic diseases. In addition, recent evidence indicates the usefulness of platelet rich plasma in a host of inflammatory conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, tendinitis. A combination of different approaches has the potential to provide enormous benefit to many chronic ailments and thus regenerative medicine is poised to create a paradigm shift in healthcare.