What Is the Biology Behind Stem Cells?
When patients visit the Elite Regenerative Stem Cell Institute in northern colorado, their first question is often, “What is a stem cell?” The simple answer to this question is a stem cell is a specialized cell that can replicate itself into a variety of cell types. They are able to “differentiate” themselves into bone, tissue, and other cells that are required for bodily repair and recovery. They can also be used to treat injury and disease. Scientists at the Elite Regenerative Institute and worldwide are still discovering more and more possibilities surrounding stem cells.
Stem cells have the amazing ability to replicate themselves again and again. Since they are undifferentiated or unspecialized cells, they can create nearly any type of cell in the body. Adult stem cells, which are found in the epidermis, the bone marrow, and other parts of the body, can be gathered and used to promote tissue regeneration at the site of an orthopedic injury. Since the cells are taken from the patient’s own body, the chance of immune rejection is often minimized.
Since stem cells are unspecialized, they can transform into site-specific cartilage, bone, muscle, and more. When injected into a specific site or called upon by the body to repair internal damage, the cells begin generating specialized cells that help with tissue regeneration. Doctors are constantly looking for new ways to “reprogram” regenerative cells to help with healing and recovery.
Harnessing Your Body’s Own Power
The biology behind stem cells and regenerative medicine may seem complex, but our doctors will help you understand however they can. The most important thing to understand is that stem cells can help you heal and that by using them, you are harnessing your body’s own healing power. The human body is an amazing thing, and these cells exist to keep it healthy and functioning properly.