If you’re suffering from neuropathic pain you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, roughly 20 million people suffer from peripheral neuropathy. Those living with peripheral neuropathy understand how serious of a condition that it is, and it has the potential to take away a person’s independence. It can cause debilitating pain and discomfort that can ruin any chance of a patient’s normal life. It is therefore imperative that effective treatments exist to help minimize a patient’s suffering.
Mesenchymal stem cells have potential as an alternative means for managing neuropathic pain. Typically, conventional therapeutic methods for dealing with neuropathic pain do little to alleviate the condition. They generally focus on managing the symptoms. Furthermore, as neuropathy is typically thought of as difficult to treat, traditional therapies focus on drugs. MSCs are currently studied as a healing agent that can reverse damage caused by peripheral neuropathy and replenish cells that are lost. In this article, we dive deeper into understanding how neuropathic pain may potentially be alleviated with stem cell therapy.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells Are Revolutionizing How We Deal With Neuropathic Pain
Stem cells are revolutionizing our understanding of how to combat disease. Stem cell therapy relies upon a stem cell’s ability to differentiate into many different types of cells within the body. Therefore, stem cells are becoming a more viable alternative to dealing with nerve damage caused by peripheral neuropathy. Studies are being conducted to review the clinical applications of MSCs and how they interact with nerve damage and alleviate the side effects of neuropathy. Specifically, because stem cells are multipotent (having the ability to differentiate into many different cell types) they contain the ability to heal damaged tissue and relieve resulting pain.
Understanding Angiogenic Factors
Neuropathy can occur when vascular structures are damaged, resulting in a decrease in blood flow. Angiogenic factors play an important role in the formation of blood vessels. These growth factors are essential for healing and regeneration in the body. Stem cell therapy has been researched as a way to stimulate angiogenesis, thereby repairing vascular structures in the body.
MSCs are quickly becoming a safe and effective strategy for addressing peripheral neuropathy, according to clinical studies. Additionally, patients could benefit from MSCs as they are autologous – coming from the patient’s bone marrow – resulting in no side effects and no risk of rejection. Because of this, MSC therapy may be a more beneficial option than other cellular therapies.
When you’re in pain, stem cell therapy could present a safer option for dealing with peripheral neuropathy. Furthermore, mesenchymal stem cells contain vital neurotrophic factors, angiogenic factors, cytokines, and immunomodulatory substances that can potentially reverse the effects of peripheral neuropathy. Because of this, MSCs may have the potential to alleviate pain associated with nerve damage while improving the functionality of the nerve itself.
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Scientific advancements are being conducted every day in the field of regenerative stem cell therapy. With their autologous characteristics and multipotency, stem cells could be a safer and more effective alternative to dealing with neuropathic pain. Contact GIOSTAR today to learn more about peripheral neuropathy and the potential benefits of mesenchymal stem cells.