For years we have seen immobilized rats walking after getting an injection of stem cells for their spinal cord injuries. The good thing is that along the way, stem cells have started to be used in studies and experimental therapies to attempt to get SCI patients walking again. While the results for humans have not been nearly as miraculous as for mice, many patients have reported, and some studies have shown, that these early treatments do bring back some sensory ability and improved motor function. Most importantly, a good percentage of patients who have received stem cell transplants feel that the treatment has helped not only to improve their quality of life but also that of their caretaker.
Clinical trials and studies using stem cell treatment for spinal cord injuries have been done in Argentina, China, Portugal and are now starting in the United States. The signs are quite positive that within ten to fifteen years, stem cell treatment will be widely available to the general public. The stem cells that being tested in clinical trials today in the west will be approved for medical use for the public in ten years. For patients who don’t want to wait for this process, Beike provides an option chosen by over 1000 patients since 2003 – making it one of the most established “experimental” therapies available today.
Stem cell treatment, using Beike’s cord mensenchymal stem cells and protocols for spinal cord injuries, is available at various hospitals in China and one in Thailand. Generally, many patients have reported improvements soon after treatment, and continue to notice more improvements for up to 12 months following the stem cell transplants.
Patients who report that they do benefit from the procedure, most always report that those improvements are retained permanently, without regression. Reported improvements differ from patient to patient (depending on the severity of their injury and specifics of their case) - some patients may experience mild increases in sensation, while some regain muscle control and strength where there was little or none before. Many of the patients who see the greatest benefits from the treatment focus heavily on rehabilitation after their stem cell transplant. Like any medical procedure or medicine, there are some patients who report no improvement.
To learn first hand from other patients who have had the treatment, contact us and we will do our best to put you in touch with past patients with similar spinal cord injuries (including those who saw good results and those with no results) who were treated with Beike’s stem cell treatment.