22 May Managing Parkinson’s Disease with Stem Cell Therapy
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that is associated with movement-related issues. The condition develops gradually and symptoms experienced by the affected patient worsen as the disease progresses.
In Parkinson’s disease certain nerve cells, called neurons, gradually die or break down over time. The clinical picture of the disorder is caused by a loss of neurons that produce the hormone dopamine. These dopamine levels decrease and this results in abnormal brain activity leading to the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
The reason why this happens is not entirely clear but researchers are of the opinion that genetic mutations and certain environmental factors may be associated with the development of this condition.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease may vary among individuals and the early physical manifestations of the condition may be so mild that they go by unnoticed.
Signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include the following:
- Tremors that usually begin in a limb, especially in a hand or the fingers. Patients may exhibit a back-and-forth movement of the index finger and thumb almost as if the affected individual is counting coins. A major characteristic of Parkinson’s disease is a tremor that occurs at rest.
- The muscles can become stiff and rigid and this may affect any area of the body.
- The patient may also experience slowed movement and this makes performing normal daily activities challenging. Walking is affected to the point where the patient may develop a shuffling gait where they take small steps when mobilizing.
- There may be a decreased ability to perform unconscious and automatic movements such as smiling or blinking.
- The affected individual’s posture may become stooped and this can affect their balance.
- There are issues with writing as it becomes more difficult to control a pen with the tremors.
- Speech may also be affected and patients or their family members could give a history that the affected individual may slur or speak slowly or quietly. A characteristic of the disorder is a monotonous speech.
The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute
The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute is a medical facility where stem cell therapy is used to manage many conditions. These may include:
- Eye-related disorders
- Musculoskeletal problems such as damaged ligaments, cartilage, and joints
- Male sexual dysfunction
- Urological conditions
- Autoimmune disorders
- Neurological problems
The institute is currently administering stem cells derived from fat tissue (adipose) into affected patients and it has been shown that this form of treatment helps to repair the damage to the neurons which results in the physical manifestations of Parkinson’s disease. Currently, the facility boasts, and deservedly so, a success rate of nearly 65 percent in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease with the administration of adipose-derived stem cells.
The stem cells are taken from adipose tissue through the performance of liposuction on areas of the body where fat tissue can be spared. A procedure is then performed where the stem cells are extracted from the adipose tissue and this can yield between 10 and 40 million cells.
The stem cells perform two very important activities, namely; reduce inflammatory processes that lead to damage of the neurons, and they also convert into nerve cells in order to repair the injured areas of the brain.