Stem cells are very powerful cells found in our body that can be transformed into other useful cells. Scientists and researcher are doing many studies to figure out what can stem cells do to heal damaged areas in our body. Recently, researcher from the Columbia College of Dental Medicine discovered that stem cells from the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the jaw bone to the skull, can be used to regenerate damaged cartilage in joints. The study was tested on mice first.
Approximately 10 million people in the US live with TMJ disorders. The study is a great discovery because patients who have problems with their jaws and TMJs are limited to either surgery or palliative care. The stem cells tested in the study were able to regenerate damaged cartilage without many significant problems. The goal of this research is to develop a drug with minimal side effects that can be injected directly into the joint. If it is successful, this would help many people with joint disorders.
Stem cell therapy can help people in many other ways such as maintaining health, healing damages and promoting a stronger immune system. Click here to learn more how stem cell therapy can change your life for the better.