Bone Marrow Therapies & Non-surgical BMAC Procedures
Stem cells are present in bone marrow. New medical technology is focusing on regenerative medicine, which harnesses the healing and growth power contained in stem cells. Stem cell therapy involves using stem cells to regenerate and repair tissues that have become damaged due to injury or disease. Bone marrow aspirate concentrate is the term for the fluid extracted from bone marrow. BMAC therapy can be an effective treatment for people suffering from a variety of health issues, including osteoarthritis, spinal cord injuries, and sports or activity-related injuries. At Kinetic Sports Medicine, our team is dedicated to providing the best non-surgical care to relieve pain caused by activity-related injuries.
Understanding the Power of Stem Cells
Bone marrow contains special cells called "progenitor cells." These mesenchymal stem cells only comprise about 1 percent of bone marrow, but they have the ability to actually grow to become new tendons, cartilage, and bone in the body. The mesenchymal cells also release natural chemicals that help decrease inflammation while they work to regenerate tissue in joints. Researchers have been working diligently to develop a bone marrow aspiration procedure that harnesses the power of these promising stem cells.
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate
The BMAC procedure involves extracting bone marrow from a patient. This bone marrow aspirate contains the important stem cells that can repair the body. The bone marrow aspiration procedure is minimally invasive, usually involving needle extraction. The patient is locally anesthetized for the procedure, and the pelvis is the typical extraction site. After harvesting the bone marrow, it is placed in a centrifuge, which separates the stem cells. The process produces a liquid with a high concentration of stem cells, and injected directly to the treatment area. After the injection, most patients feel some pain or irritation at the harvest site for several days. A physician generally prescribes pain medication after the procedure, which will manage all discomfort associated from the aspiration and the injection.
Application of BMAC Therapy
A number of conditions may be treatable with stem cells. For example, one may be able to repair damaged muscle tissue with the use of stem cells. Even patients with spinal cord injuries may eventually experience improvements in their condition through the use of stem cell therapies.
Those with arthritis experience pain, inflammation, stiffness, and decreased range of motion in their joints. Injecting the mesenchymal stem cells at the affected joints can create an anti-inflammatory action that often helps reduce pain and increase range of motion. Additionally, the injection of the stem cells has been shown to have a system-side impact within the body instead of just a localized effect. The faulty immune response occurring in the body is often affected positively with the presence of these concentrated stem cells. Patients experiencing tendonitis or tendon/ligament tears are also candidates for stem cell therapy. These tendons and ligaments are connective tissues that stem cells can work to regenerate. Using a patient's own stem cells also eliminates the risk of an allergic response or complications from surgery.
Kinetic Sports Medicine
Dr. Richard Kim is a primary care sports medicine physician, leading the team at Kinetic Sports Medicine. With a focus on non-surgical treatment, Dr. Kim uses newer technology to heal general and sports injuries, as well as illnesses such as arthritis. These procedures are minimally invasive, which means that patients recover quicker than they would with other procedures. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kim to learn more about our services.