When Dr. José Luis Salgado Ruiz was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease nearly six years ago, he thought his career and his future were over. Parkinson's Disease, also known as PD, is a neurodegenerative condition that affects the central nervous system. The condition causes tremors, slowed movement, as well as a decrease in motor skills, speech, and daily living skills and activities such as buttoning clothes, tying shoes, cooking, writing, and range of motion and mobility.
No longer even able to hold a stethoscope, Dr. Salgado was forced to give up his medical practice. Traditional medications and therapies failed to alleviate his symptoms or improve his condition. "My condition started with a very small involuntary movement of my left index finger, but gradually worsened until the tremors involved my entire hand and arm, "says Dr. Salgado. "Then, the tremors advanced to my legs. It was devastating."
As his condition worsened, Dr. Salgado was willing to try anything to restore mobility and improve function to enhance his quality of life. Dr. Salgado contacted ProgenCell, a stem cell research and treatment facility located in Tijuana, Mexico. Recent research into stem cell technologies found that stem cell therapies have the ability to rejuvenate and replace damaged neural tissues and nerves, as well as improving necessary synapses between nerve endings responsible and required for fine motor movement and mobility.
"At ProgenCell, We extract a bone marrow from the hip bone or tibia under local anesthesia, and then utilized our proprietary techniques to activate the stem cells to grow. The patient is infused with an IV (intravenous) procedure and also with a special injection in the lumbar area to deposit the solution into the spinal fluid that washes the brain, "reports Dr. Hugo Navarrete, a specialist of neurology at ProgenCell.
"My arms, my legs, and my body trembled almost continuously, preventing any type of enjoyable activities as well as daily function like eating, bathing and dressing, and even sleep," says Dr. Salgado. "I was uncomfortable in my waking and sleeping hours. I was tired all the time, exhausted from my efforts to perform simple tasks."
Cellular therapy at ProgenCell is utilized by obtaining adult stem cells found in bone marrow, to treat a variety of chronic disease processes, including Parkinson's Disease. Cells are harvested and then a high number of viable fresh and healthy cells are return through implantation to the patient.
"Cellular therapies have been utilized in the treatment of not only Parkinson's disease, but other neurodegenerative disease processes such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis," says Pramod Goel, CEO and Founder of PlacidWay, an international medical tourism company. "Stem cell therapies are becoming a major treatment option in today's medical treatment protocols."
Dr. Salgado's condition had worsened to the point where he could hardly walk. He dragged his feet when he walked, lost his balance often and experienced extreme stiffness from his neck to his waist. He couldn't hold a pencil, a stethoscope, and had extreme difficulty eating. After visiting a number of neurologists in the area and taking traditional medications without noticeable improvement, Dr. Salgado decided to give stem cell therapy implants offered at ProgenCell a try.
Today, Dr. Salgado is back to work, enjoying the things he used to do. He's even started playing the piano again, something he never thought he'd do again. "I felt less drowsy and was able to think clearly again. I could speak, write, and drive again," says Dr. Salgado with a pleased smile.
The focus of stem cell therapies at ProgenCell is to repair damaged neurological tissues and regenerate neurons as well as their connections. Stem cell therapies have shown positive results in slowing progression of chronic neurodegenerative illnesses and disease processes, but the ultimate goal is to not only encourage remission, but cures.
Staff at ProgenCell encourage consumers to carefully research stem cell treatment facilities. Treatment therapies should focus on specific patients and their needs, such as the approach taken at ProgenCell, thereby reducing risks of rejection or complications through stem cell injection therapies, as well as providing optimal benefits.
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PlacidWay | Progencell 2010-05-06 Articles/Press Releases