What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive disease of the nervous system that affects your movement. In the brain, there are billions of nerve cells (neurons) that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. A neurotransmitter is a chemical released that is essential in nerve cell communication within the brain. Dopamine relays messages between the substantia nigra, a structure of the brain located in the midbrain, and other parts of the brain to control movements of the human body. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps with smooth and properly coordinated muscle movements. In a patient with Parkinson’s Disease, 60 to 80 percent of the dopamine-producing cells are damaged. This damage causes a lack of dopamine release and the motor-skill symptoms of PD begin to arise. This deterioration of brain cells is commonly referred to as neurodegeneration.
PD is known as a progressive disease in which the damage worsens and/or spreads over periods of time. The rate of progression is unique to each patient with symptoms varying depending on age and other existing health conditions. Early stages of Parkinson’s disease have shown symptoms such as limited facial expressions, changes in writing ability, trouble with balance and posture, muscle stiffness, or changes in speech. The symptoms progressively worsen to include slowed movement, tremors or shaking, and a loss of automatic movements such as blinking or smiling.
Treatments today for PD include medications that can provide relief from the many symptoms associated with the condition. Some medications work by assisting in the performance of neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for the transfer information from one cell to another. In some cases, regulation of certain regions of the brain are necessary for improvement of symptoms. Many herbal remedies and supplements are also available for use to help relieve symptoms experienced in patients with PD.
Stem Cell Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease
Stem cells reproduce at a rapid rate and have the potential to replace different cell types in the body. Adipose stem cell therapy is a breakthrough procedure in regenerative medicine in which a patient’s own adipose stem cells are harvested and reintroduced into the body. This regenerative therapy is designed to aid in the restoration of dying tissues in the body. In adult stem cell therapy treatment for PD, the adult stem cells are collected, enriched, and administered in order to replace the dying nerve cells in the brain. These advancements in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease work to fully regenerate missing or damaged tissue that the body would not ordinarily regrow.
Recent research of PD and related dementias brings upon new treatments for those battling the disease. These treatments have shown potential improvements with the following symptoms:
- Enhanced behavior and mood
- Reduction or elimination of stiffness
- Improvements in motor and non-motor skills
- Reduction of shaking or tremors
- Increased energy
While aging is among the greatest risk factors for PD, it does not have to be a normal part of the aging process. With this treatment, hope can be returned to those managing their condition. When traditional medications show less than optimal results, this advanced technology offers a natural procedure to assist your body in rebuilding itself. Autologous stem cells treatments are a new alternative way of approaching PD that aids in the restoration of diseased and dying tissues in the brain. There is no cure for Parkinsons’s Disease, but these methods have shown beneficial in the management of symptoms.