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For advanced arthritis pain, stem cell treatment is a promising therapy.
The jury is still out on whether stem cell therapy can cure arthritis, but recent research has shown that stem cells implanted in arthritic cartilage can produce healthy cells to replace defective tissue.
How does stem cell treatment work?
Stem cells are “blank slate” cells with the ability to become several kinds of different cells in the body. In theory, these cells can replace or repair damaged tissues, eliminating the need for surgery. For example, if injected into a person’s spinal cord, the stem cells mimic spinal cord cells.
So promising is this research that Keck Medicine of USC recently established the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine to study how the body’s own developmental and repair mechanisms can restore damaged cells, tissues and organs — redefining regenerative medicine treatments for human diseases. The initiative includes tissue engineers, developmental biologist, geneticists and clinicians collaborating on stem cell research.