Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Treatment

Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell TreatmentCerebral palsy stem cell treatment offers a spark of hope to millions of parents whose children are affected by this debilitating condition caused by brain damage in the pre- or postnatal stages. Cerebral palsy is a general name for a group of disorders affecting children’s stability, muscle tone, musculoskeletal structure, speech, vision and in some cases intelligence. Cerebral palsy cases vary in a set of symptoms and their severity depending on which motor skill functions are affected. Conventional medicine does not offer any drastic improvements to patients’ quality of life but merely addresses symptoms and provides behavioral therapy.

Cerebral palsy stem cell treatment is one of the pros of stem cell research than can potentially re-grow damaged brain cells and enables children and adults affected by this disorder to lead normal lives unassisted.

There are currently two sources for obtaining pluripotent stem cells necessary for restoration of damaged brain cells: umbilical cord stem cells collected shortly after birth or bone marrow of a patient. If a bone marrow stem cell method is chosen, a patient undergoes a lumber puncture to harvest bone marrow stem cells that are later stabilized and processed in a laboratory setting. The next step of the cerebral palsy stem cell treatment is the implantation that can be carried out by a lumbar injection of the stem cells or directly placed into the cerebral fluid space in the brain. The latter option of cerebral palsy stem cell treatment is more costly and complicated but it provides a more precise and targeted placement of the stem cells into the affected part of the brain.

According to medical statistical data up to 67% of all patients who received cerebral palsy stem cell treatment, showed obvious improvement in their motor skills, were able to stand up or walk unassisted.

Cerebral palsy is not an only disorder stem cell research can cure; stem cell treatment for arthritis research is also underway providing hope for restoring damaged cartilage tissue for many patients affected by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

With a growing number of Americans being affected by heart disease due to unhealthy lifestyle and high levels of stress, stem cell treatment for heart disease in the future will be able to fully restore cardiac function and regenerate faulty heart cells.