Stem cell therapy is a treatment that uses stem cells, which can differentiate into any type of specialized cell present in our body such as nerve cells or blood cells. Furthermore, various types of stem cells are still under research to find their potential benefits for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis(MS). Therefore, stem cell based therapy has achieved a great deal of interest and holds promise for the future in medicine. However, research is essential before stem cell based therapies can be use for treating multiple diseases, as the field is still in its infancy. Some organizations are providing stem cell therapy for US veterans in order to help and treat their disabilities.
Different types of Stem Cells:
- Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are adult stem cells that exists in bone marrow and blood. Furthermore, they can regenerate all types of blood-forming cells.
- Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are adult stem cells present widely in the body, including the bone marrow, skin, and fatty tissues. They produce cells which repair bone, cartilage muscle, or fat.
- Neural stem cells (NSCs) are present in the central nervous system. These stem cells responsible for repairing nerve tissues in the brain or spinal cord.
- Human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESCs) are stem cells obtained from blastocysts (fertilized egg). They can naturally produce every type of cell in the body.
- Induced Pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are adult stem cells that behave like embryonic stem cells. However, one concern about their potential therapeutic use is that they might cause tumors.
Stem cell treatment for Veterans
In the U.S. and in other places around the world, for-profit stem cell clinics are increasing in numbers. Moreover, clinics claim to have treated people with Multiple Sclerosis and many other disorders using stem cells. Dr. Joseph Kanan at the Tullahoma Chiropractic Center is providing free stem cell therapy for disabled US veterans. Recently, Kanan in partnership with Veterans in Pain, performed his first pro-bono procedure on a veteran named Ryan. He had an acute hip pain. Stem cells injections into Ryan’s hip, would normally cost $6,500 which insurance do not cover. However, Ryan got them for free.
“I think veterans do a lot for our country and there are very few doctors that are performing medical procedures like this,” Kanan told The Tullahoma News. “Thus, we were glad to be able to do this for him.”