Relationship between ergonomics and regenerative medicine is non-obvious but important correlations exist between these two areas. Thus, functioning (and malfunctioning) of our body is an essential aspect of ergonomics and this underlines the importance of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine will increasingly become an integral part of ergonomics as we move toward developing a workforce with a diverse capability: physical, sensorial and cognitive. Faulty work practices and environments often lead to musculoskeletal disorders and diseases (MSD) which has escalated significantly over the last decade to present a critical socioeconomic problem.
Pathologically, MSDs represents a complex molecular and cellular microenvironment with an inflammatory condition leading to deterioration of tissue structure and function. Stem cell based regenerative medicine offers tremendous hope for treatment of MSDs due to the multifunctional characteristics of stem cells. Stem cells are characterized by ability to self-renew and to differentiate along multiple lineage pathways. To be clinically useful for regenerative and rehabilitative applications, cell therapy approaches with stem cells must meet certain criteria. Cells should be harvested through minimally invasive procedure. Expansion and production of stem cells in abundant quantity; Safe and effective transplantation into either an autologous or allogeneic host.
Last date updated on June, 2014