Developing weak and brittle bones from osteoporosis can lead to mild bone stress — like that from bending over — causing a fracture. Most bone fractures from osteoporosis occur in the wrist, hip, or spine. While there is no cure for osteoporosis, there are treatments and medications that can help strengthen and protect your bones. Here we will discuss the benefits of Regenerative Medicine for Osteoporosis.
What Causes Osteoporosis?
Bones are living tissue. Your body constantly breaks down old bone cells and replaces them with new cells. Young bodies form new bone faster than old bone breaks down, increasing bone mass. That process slows in your early 20s, and bone mass typically peaks by the age of 30.
After your bone mass peaks, the formation process slows, and you begin losing bone faster than you create it, causing a loss of bone mass.
Many factors contribute to developing osteoporosis. Your bone mass development is partially inherited, but it’s also affected by hormone levels, diet, exercise, medical conditions, and lifestyle choices.
How Does Regenerative Medicine Work?
Regenerative medicine, also known as stem cell therapy, involves stem cells that are often called the building blocks of all cells. They contain unique healing capabilities, as they’re the only cells in the body that can divide to create two more stem cells or differentiate to form two new specialized cells.
Stem cells lie dormant in tissue like bone marrow or adipose tissue (fat) until they’re needed to restore damaged or dead cells. Stem cell therapy extracts those dormant stem cells, then injects them into damaged areas to foster healing.
How Can Stem Cells Treat Osteoporosis?
From the beginning, researchers sought out mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to help manage osteoporosis. They believed that MSCs would increase bone mass by producing new bone cells faster than they age, similar to the process that happens in your youth.
They were pleased to find that MSCs have even more capabilities in treating osteoporosis than expected, as they secrete bioactive molecules and growth factors fostering bone tissue repair and remodeling.
Combining MSCs’ growth factor secretion and differentiation capabilities allows them to repair and restore bone cells efficiently. As a result, stem cell therapy has the potential to help manage the effects of osteoporosis and potentially restore bone strength and mass.
While research continues around specific protocols for using stem cells to manage osteoporosis, early studies show promise for this groundbreaking therapy. To learn more about regenerative Medicine for Osteoporosis contact a care coordinator today at Stemedix!