At South Lake Pain Institute, we’re at the forefront of emerging medical practice, including the promising field of regenerative medicine for pain relief. Dr. Paez already makes use of adult stem cellsto treat orthopedic conditions (are you a good candidate?), and now, following a new study by Duke University, it may not be too much longer before those same adult stem cells can be used to treat neurological pain that resists traditional painkilling medications. Read more about their exciting study below.
STEM CELLS PROVIDE LASTING PAIN RELIEF IN MICE
One protein helps cell-based therapy remain in the spinal cord
Published in Duke Today, July 13, 2015:
Chronic pain caused by the nerve damage of type 2 diabetes, surgical amputation, chemotherapy and other conditions is especially intractable because it resists painkilling medications.
But in a study on mice, a Duke University team has shown that injections of stem cells from bone marrow might be able to relieve this type of neuropathic pain. The researchers say their findings, which appear July 13 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, may also advance cell-based therapies in chronic pain conditions, lower back pain and spinal cord injuries.
The team used a type of stem cell known as bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs), which are known to produce an array of healing factors and can be coaxed into forming most other types of cells in the body.
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