According to the National Institute of Health, "Regenerative medicine is the process of creating living, functional tissues to repair or replace tissue or organ function lost due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects. Thanks to recent advances in medical technology, Dr. Onosode can perform several of these regenerative treatments in the comfort of our office. In one regenerative treatment, Dr. Onosode can extract stem cells from a patient's blood and inject them into his or her damaged or arthritic joint.
Bone Marrow Concentrate and Platelet rich plasma therapy are 2 approaches utilized to treat chronic Injuries.
What Is Bone Marrow?
Bone marrow is the soft spongy tissue that is found in the center of your bones. In adults, marrow in the large bones are the producing center of your red bloods cells, white blood cells and plasma components. Since this is the location of production, immature forms of these cells, called stem cells, will be found here.
What is Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC)? Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) Therapy, also known as Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) Therapy, is a promising cutting-edge regenerative therapy to help accelerate healing in moderate to severe osteoarthritis and tendon injuries. How does BMC therapy work? While similar to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) in its ability to harness the body's ability to heal itself through the aid of growth factors, BMC also utilizes regenerative cells that are contained within a patient's own bone marrow. The marrow contains a rich reservoir of "pluripotent" stem cells that can be withdrawn from the patient's hip bone and used for the procedure. Unlike other cells of the body, stem cells are "undifferentiated", meaning they are able to replicate themselves into various types of tissue.
What is PRP?
PRP treatments have been featured in the news recently as a regenerative medicine and a potential solution to help repair many chronic injuries. Some professional atheletes claim that PRP has helped them get back in the game sooner. What is PRP though and how can a PRP treatment help with your injury? Platelet Rich Plasma injections are a relatively new solution for many injuries and afflictions. The minimally-invasive process is relatively simple and can typically be performed in-office. Within a few weeks of the procedure, patients often see improvement to their injury.1
The Treatment Process
While blood contains white and red blood cells, a small percentage of your blood is comprised of platelets. Platelets are known for their clotting abilities, however they also appear to assist with the healing process. The exact mechanism of action is unknown however in higher concentrations, platelets appear to "jump start" healing. First some of the patient's blood is drawn and spun down in a centrifuge to increase the concrentration of platelets. The concrentration of platelets in a PRP solution may become 5-10x greater than in normal blood. The solution is then carefully injected into the injured area. Pain in the area may increase temporarily, however patients often begin to feel a beneficial effect within a few weeks.