Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative disease in which nerve cells deteriorate, attacking the central nervous system comprised of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. When this occurs, the body’s own defense system attacks myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and protects the nerve fibers in the central nervous system, and nerve fibers become damaged. The damaged myelin forms scar tissue (sclerosis), which damages or destroys part of the myelin sheath or nerve fiber and ultimately distorts or interrupts nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain and spinal cord, causing a variety of symptoms. People suffering from MS may experience mild symptoms, such as numbness in the limbs, or more severe symptoms such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another.
Advancements in stem cell research and stem cell therapy practices have shown that stem cells may be used to reduce both the symptoms and side effects of Multiple Sclerosis as well as help patients who have been unresponsive to typical MS drug treatments.
Stem cell therapy may improve the symptoms and complications of patients living with MS in one of two ways. It may prevent immune damage to the nervous system (immunomodulation) or repair damaged myelin sheaths (remyelination). These ‘neuroprotective’ forms of stem cell therapy may hold the key to reversing the damage done by facilitating the repair of damaged nerve cells. Stem cell therapy may also help patients who are unresponsive to traditional MS drug treatments.
After the patient’s stem cells are extracted and concentrated into a high yield of regenerative cells, they may be administered intravenously and/or intraspinal injections.
To learn more about stem cell therapy for Multiple Sclerosis, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Santos at one of our stem cell therapy clinics in Las Vegas, Nevada, or Mason City, Iowa, please contact the Regenerative Cell Institute.