Few diseases have a more marked set of symptoms than Parkinson’s disease, and even fewer can be as completely disruptive to someone’s life as they age. Tremors in the hands can make it almost impossible to do the simplest tasks such as buttoning clothes or lifting a spoon or glass to your lips, and the loss of muscle control can make talking, smiling, or walking a serious challenge since the muscles can “freeze.” Aging can be a difficult enough process, but daily life is full of struggles for the 1% of Americans over the age of 60 with Parkinson’s. Luckily, there are treatments that can address the neurological problems that are the root cause of the disease.
Causes and Symptoms of Parkinson’s
The root cause of Parkinson’s is a deficiency in a type of dopamine cell in the brain, a neurotransmitter responsible for mood regulation and coordinated motor activity. By the time physical symptoms become readily apparent, the patient may have lost 50% of this essential neurotransmitter. There is a small genetic component to the disease, but it primarily affects males over 60 who have a compounded exposure to environmental factors, such as pesticides and herbicides.
Much about the disease’s causes remain unknown, but the effects of the lower dopamine levels are pronounced:
- Tremors in the hands, making gripping and holding difficult
- Loss of balance and equilibrium
- Rigidity and “freezing” of muscle groups
- Neurological problems such as disrupted sleep, difficulty making facial expresses and speaking, difficulty swallowing, diminished mental capacity, memory issues and confusion, and mood disorders
- Greater susceptibility to other diseases and infection
Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease
Apart from medication intended to increase the amount of dopamine, there are few treatments for Parkinson’s, and even the medical treatment can stop being as effective as it once was. Luckily, regenerative medicine has offered a new type of solution to this devastating disease.
Stem cell therapy has shown to be an excellent treatment for many neurological disorders, Parkinson’s included. Because our clinic is not bound by the restrictions in the United States, our stem cell therapies include cells that are allowed to naturally proliferate before the treatment, creating a solution that is 100 times more effective than traditional regenerative therapies. We use mesenchymal stem cells harvested from donated umbilical cord tissue.
These powerful cells, found in Wharton’s jelly, are the building blocks of every living human cell, and their growth and renewal properties can offer healing benefits as well. When introduced into patients who have damaged tissue, the cells go to work encouraging those tissues to regrow and renew themselves on a cellular level, bringing them back to a natural state of health.
If you are suffering from the effects of Parkinson’s disease and medical alternatives are no longer working for you, contact us and see if stem cell therapy can restore the parts of your life you have lost.