Mesenchymal stem cells have the potential to change into bone, cartilage, ligament or fat. In a previous blog, I discussed the importance of exercise in providing clues to the mesenchymal stem cells to change into cartilage.
Are there other factors which provide clues to mesenchymal stem cells?
Schumann et. al., demonstrated that low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) made a significant difference in prompting mesenchymal stem cells to morph into cartilage. At Regenexx, where patients are afforded the opportunity to utilize their own mesenchymal stem cells, now utilizes LIPUS in all patients with cartilage damage. It is critical that the correct stem cells are placed in the correct location and provided every opportunity to prosper as well as to change into the desired tissue. That is our commitment at Regenexx.