3 Awesome Facts About Stem Cells

While modern science has unraveled many of the human body’s mysteries, we’re really only scratching the surface. Just think: The human body is made up of an estimated 7 octillion atoms, each doing its part to sustain your life as you know it. In terms of sheer numbers, it will be a long time before we’re able to parse out the roles of these atoms, but when they come together to form the molecules in stem cells, we’re beginning to gain some understanding. And what we’ve found is nothing short of fascinating.

Here at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville in Tennessee, Dr. David Shreve and our team stay abreast of the latest research in order to bring you the most advanced treatment protocols for any number of medical conditions, from neuropathy to arthritis. As we cast about for the most effective remedies for the body’s ails, we’re particularly excited about the potential role of stem cells in healing and repair.

To help you better understand how this branch of regenerative medicine works, let’s take a look at 3 awesome facts about stem cells.

Stem cells function as a “Jack of all trades”

Most of the cells in your body are designed for one purpose, and they never stray from their tasks. For example, your skin cells handle all matters to do with this large organ while your liver cells stick to their own liver-related issues, and neither can help the other. And all of your body’s cells operate in much the same manner -- except for your stem cells.

Stem cells might be considered the raw materials for your cells because all of your cells originate from them, which is why stem cells are called undifferentiated in their purest form.

Your stem cells are most potent during your fetal development, as they help create a human body one cell at a time. These embryonic cells provide the necessary materials from which to create differentiated cells that go on to form your body, from your organs to your brain.

After you’re born, you still carry stem cells in your body, but they are far fewer and less potent than during these early stages.

There’s a hierarchy of stem cells

Up to this point, we’ve discussed stem cells as if they’re all the same. The fact is that even among stem cells, there’s a hierarchy. In fact, there are many different kinds of stem cells, and the following is a list in order of their potency:

What all of these cells have in common, regardless of their potency, is the ability to regenerate (or renew) themselves, which is what really sets them apart.

Stem cells can help you heal

In recent years, more time and energy is being spent in medical circles trying to figure out how to harness the awesome power of stem cells. Just think, one day we might be able to use stem cells to grow a new heart or liver, or reverse arthritis completely. For now, we’ve been able to successfully use stem cells to regenerate damaged tissue to help our patients heal more quickly.

Whether you’re dealing with arthritis or you’ve injured your knee, we can tap your body’s own stem cells and redirect them into areas where they can help rebuild your tissue on a cellular level.

If you’d like to explore further the awesome possibilities of stem cells and regenerative medicine, please give us a call or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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