Parkinson’s disease is a condition that impairs the central nervous system, causing a disruption of proper motor and cognitive function that progressively worsens over time. In the United States, there are about one million people living with this debilitating condition, and there will be approximately sixty thousand more cases of it diagnosed this year. This is a prevalent and serious condition that hampers the quality of life for many individuals, and the call for efficient and available treatments to counter it grows louder each year.
At Personalized Regenerative Medicine, we see the severity of this condition and want to extend our treatments for Parkinson’s disease to as many individuals as possible. We want everyone who is affected by this condition to know that a higher sense of physical independence is within their grasp.
If you’re interested in our services, contact us in San Clemente, and ask about our available treatments for Parkinson’s disease. We look forward to hearing from you.
Why Does Parkinson’s Disease Occur?
To understand what we can do to help counter the effects of Parkinson’s disease, it’s important that you have a knowledge of the nature of the condition. Despite all the years of research done on the disease by dedicated scientists, a singular cause for the condition has not been pinpointed. However, there are a few catalysts found to be heavily correlated with the disease. These catalysts fall under two categories: genetic and environmental.
Certain genetic mutations have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, and these genetic mutations have been suggested to be partially inheritable. Those with a first-degree relative with Parkinson’s have a four to nine percent higher chance of having the disease themselves.
Environmental factors have also been heavily linked to the occurrence of Parkinson’s disease. Age is heavily involved with the development of Parkinson’s disease; one percent of individuals over the age of sixty have Parkinson’s while it only affects 0.001 of individuals aged 45 and younger. Head injury and extensive physical trauma can also be a cause of Parkinson’s. This can be seen in athletes like Muhammad Ali, who developed Parkinson’s as an effect of the countless injuries he endured in the ring. Exposure to certain metals and pesticides has also been linked with the development of Parkinson’s.
There are also some preventative measures that have been suggested by scientists and professionals. Some of these include: engaging in regular exercise, increasing your intake of vitamin D, keeping your cholesterol level in check, and drinking caffeinated beverages, such as coffee and tea.
What is Parkinson’s Disease? What Are The Symptoms?
As mentioned before, Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder that negatively impacts the motor and cognitive functions of the affected individual. The neurologic cause for the condition is the death of dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra, which is a section of the midbrain. The most common motor effect of Parkinson’s is the occurrence of tremors. These tremors typically happen when the patient is awake but not moving and they’ll often subside when the patient moves or goes to sleep. Another motor impairment that often comes with Parkinson’s is muscle rigidity. This is characterized by increased muscle tone in the area of the body along with a resistance to movement. Patients with muscle rigidity may also experience extensive pain in their joints. Symptoms of partial paralysis may also be present in those with Parkinson’s. The patient may experience slowed movement or even the complete inability to move certain parts of their body. A patient’s posture is also likely to be affected by Parkinson’s and they can suffer from a poor sense of balance as well as an awkward gait as an effect of it. Troubles with eating and/or speaking may also be present.
In terms of the neurological impediments that come with Parkinson’s disease, patients can experience slowed speech and difficulty processing language. They may also experience difficulty with decision-making and problem-solving. Difficulties with memory are also likely to occur.
To summarize, some of the major signs, both motor and cognitive, that indicate that patient has Parkinson’s include:
- Muscle Rigidity
- Hypophonia (soft speech)
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Difficulty With Language
- Poor Balance
- Awkward Gait
- Slowed Mental Processing
- Memory Problems
What Can You Do About Parkinson’s Disease?
At Personalized Regenerative Medicine, we offer stem cell treatments for parkinson’s. The aim of this treatment is to restore proper function to the individual through the rejuvenation of the damaged areas of the brain that cause Parkinson’s. We try to accomplish this through the introduction of stem cells into the body, a stem cell being an unspecialized cell that specializes and divides when the body is in need of repair.
Stem Cell Treatments For Parkinson’s Disease
The stem cells used for these treatments are drawn from the bone marrow. This is because the bone marrow is an excellent source of multipotent stem cells, which are stem cells that have the ability to replicate the function of numerous types of cells. After these stem cells are drawn from the body, they are injected intravenously into the brain, in hopes of them taking on the function of the damaged dopamine-producing neurons that are present in those with Parkinson’s.
After a successful treatment, we hope that the patient will experience a reduced severity of their symptoms and a greater sense of physical independence and confidence.
After a stem cell treatment, we encourage our patients to take time off from work to rest their bodies and to let the restorative effects of the stem cells take place.
How Do I Know If This Treatment Is Right For Me?
The only way to verify your candidacy for this treatment is to schedule a consultation with one of the practitioners at our practice. This consultation can set up at your own leisure and during it, you will sit down with a practitioner to discuss your medical history, the current state of health, and goals for the treatment. Alternative treatments will be discussed if the practitioner discovers that stem cell treatments are not right for you.
The first step to getting a consultation is making contact, so contact us in San Clemente with whatever questions you may have. We will do our best to answer them and hope that we can make a positive impact on your life.