Quick Facts: The amount of hip fractures is expected to increase 240% in the coming years. Stem cell therapy will be playing a role to speed up the recovery. The hip injuries too many times have a lingering impact.
There was a time when a hip fracture for the elderly did not bode well on their survival. The pain associated with hip joint problems is intense. And the hip fracture can cause someone to be laid up in bed for a very long time. But the introduction of stem cells now brings hope.
Mesenchymal stem cells are a specific type of stem cell. Here is a definition:
Mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs, are multipotent stromalcells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types, including: osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilagecells), myocytes (muscle cells) and adipocytes (fat cellswhich give rise to marrow adipose tissue).
DURHAM, NC – Each year in the United States more than 300,000 people are hospitalized for hip fractures. Almost half never recover well enough to live an independent lifestyle and, even worse, the one-year mortality rate is high, ranging from 12 percent to 37 percent.