Regenerative Therapy- Bone Marrow Concentrate & Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate and Plasma Rich Platelet injections
What is Regenerative Injection Therapy?
The most common regenerative injection therapies are Platelet Rich Plasma and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) which, with the right conditions, have been proven to augment healing. These procedures allow a concentration of your own cells or growth factors to target damaged or deteriorated tissue. Pain reduction and return of function occur as your cells and growth factors promote healing. Injection therapies that stimulate the body to heal itself are poised to replace steroid injections and more invasive treatment and are emerging as the future of medicine. These injection therapies are performed on an outpatient basis, requiring no real down time. The procedures are extremely safe, take less than a couple of hours, and recovery entails simply allowing your body to begin the healing process as you continue about your life with minimal restrictions.
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC)
When fetuses form in utero, the process begins with undifferentiated cells. These cells migrate to the appropriate body part and “grow into” the cell type used to build a specific tissue. As adults, our bodies also manufacture undifferentiated cells that possess the ability to develop into a specific cell type. BMAC offers an excellent, easily harvestable, source of these adult cells. Once harvested, the concentrated bone marrow is reinjected into damaged joints under x-ray or Ultrasound. BMAC triggers a process that results in reduced inflammation, healing, and ultimately pain relief. It may take 4-6 weeks to notice results from the procedure.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
When injury or trauma occurs, your body calls on platelets to repair the area. Platelets, the master healing component of blood, contain growth factors that work to reduce inflammation and repair damage. When this process is disrupted, repair subsides and eventually ceases. Damaged tissues leave you with unresolved inflammation and pain. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) utilizes your own blood’s growth factors to repair damage tissues. PRP Therapy is a brief, uncomplicated, outpatient procedure. A board certified physician will direct the process of a simple blood draw and separation of platelets from other blood components. The physician will then inject your concentrated platelets into the injured area under X-ray or Ultrasound. Repair will begin immediately but it may take up to 6 weeks to feel a reduction in pain.
Which Regenerative Therapy Option is Right for You?
BMAC works well for tissues that are present but deteriorating. For example, joint wear from overuse or aging (commonly knees, hips, and shoulders), which can lead to tissue atrophy, resulting in pain and loss of function. BMAC may help reduce inflammation and encourage healing, reducing pain and restoring function. PRP therapy is natural way to boost your body’s healing powers for conditions such as tendonitis and other sports injuries. An organic way to speed healing, many athletes rely on PRP to restore function with reduced down time. For advanced or severe conditions, sometimes a combination of BMAC and PRP is most effective. Your physician will perform a thorough evaluation, describe the options, and help guide you to optimal healing.