In a breakthrough research of its kind, the Bristol University researchers are on the way to apply stem cell therapy to knee injury. Also the researchers are using the adult stem cell. The article, published in the magazine Wired the researchers of the National Institutes of Health are growing human spinal disks, cartilage and muscle in the labs, though the tissues aren’t ready to be used yet.
The procedure uses stem cells taken from bone marrow, and is described as a “living bandage.”
Meniscal cartilage tears are a common injury among athletes, and are not easy to repair. Many people choose to risk future osteoarthritis problems by having the cartilage removed altogether. The “living bandage” is the latest use scientists have found for adult stem cells in humans, and the potential for many more applications are being explored.