Use of Fetal Stem Cells for Slowing Down Aging of the Spine
The article outlines the principal processes of human locomotor apparatus attrition; it dwells upon importance of this problem for contemporary medicine development. Objective: analyzing the effects of fetal stem cells (FSCs) on the patients suffering from age-related vertebral column changes. Material and methods: The study group was composed of 16 male patients in age from 55 to 60 years, who were performed Thomayer’s test to evaluate overall mobility of the spine, whereas flexibility in the lumbar spine was determined with the help of Schober’s test. We also investigated effect of problems with spine on activities of daily living in the patients by means of the Oswestry questionnaire. All patients of the study group completed one course of treatment using FSCs. Results: Assessment of the results of treatment we made over 6 and 12 months following FSCs transplantation. All results received pertaining to evaluation of spine flexibility by Schober’s and Thomayer’s test prove positive influence of FSCs on mobility of vertebral column, resulting in elevation of physical activity of the patients who underwent stem cell treatment in accordance with the Oswestry questionnaire. Conclusion: FSCs therapy is the only maximally effective contemporary method directed at prevention of vertebral column senescence. This treatment mode allows maintaining physical properties of the cartilaginous tissue, preserving its strength and elasticity of intervertebral disks, contributes to strengthening of the pectoral muscle sling and, eventually, supports the human spine. Slowing down locomotor apparatus aging tends to enhance life quality of any individual.