You have most likely heard about the use of stem cells in medicine. In an orthopedic setting, cellular technology is an exciting possibility to help patients in their healing process. While active cells are found in such products as cartilage allografts, the technology from stem cells is getting the attention.
Mechanical treatments have been the focus of orthopedic product development for years. Now companies, such as AlloSource®, one of the nation’s largest providers of cartilage, cellular, bone, skin and soft-tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures, are developing products on a cellular level. AlloStem® Cellular Bone Allograft is a great example. AlloStem helps stimulate natural bone formation by creating a framework into which host cells migrate. It is partially demineralized allograft bone combined with adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells. The cells we all have within our body are important to bone and tissue repair and the new biologic products on the market look to leverage those cells.
Successful development of cellular orthopedic therapies, like those being developed by AlloSource, could greatly improve the quality of life for millions of patients living with injuries and chronic conditions. If you think there might be a cellular solution for a condition or injury you are managing, make sure you talk to your doctor about the potential of stem cell technology.