Regenerative Treatments

Helping Various conditions for Orthopedics

Regenerative Therapy

We prefer to use the term “regenerative medicine” over stem cell therapy, as it describes a more complete and complex interaction between mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), growth factors, and existing cells and tissues in the body.  A simple definition of a mesenchymal stem cell is a basic precursor or “progenitor” cell capable of differentiating into tissues such as bone, cartilage, and muscle.  They also act to direct an elaborate process of healing and cell signaling, much like the conductor of an orchestra.  Stem cells were first discovered and described over forty years ago.  Since that time much clinical research has focused on chronic conditions ranging from degenerative joint and spinal disc disease.

Where Do Stem Cells Come From?

The primary source of MSCs for our purposes comes from bone marrow aspirate, or “BMA”. All of our procedures are performed with the use of your own BMA. Stem cell therapy involves using bone marrow aspirate that is concentrated and injected at the site of injury or degeneration to induce natural healing.

How Is The Procedure Performed?

Most procedures take 30-60 minutes to perform, in a single office visit.  Patients are brought to our in-office procedure room and a light sedative is given through an IV.  Bone marrow is then harvested from the iliac wing (posterior hip) using live x-ray guidance, called fluoroscopy.  The concentrated bone marrow is then injected into the areas to be treated, i.e. spinal discs, joints, or tendons, using either ultrasound or x-ray (fluoroscopy) to precisely inject the intended area of treatment.

Regenerative Therapy

We prefer to use the term “regenerative medicine” over stem cell therapy, as it describes a more complete and complex interaction between mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), growth factors, and existing cells and tissues in the body.  A simple definition of a mesenchymal stem cell is a basic precursor or “progenitor” cell capable of differentiating into tissues such as bone, cartilage, and muscle.  They also act to direct an elaborate process of healing and cell signaling, much like the conductor of an orchestra.

Where Do Stem Cells Come From?

The primary source of MSCs for our purposes comes from bone marrow aspirate, or “BMA”. All of our procedures are performed with the use of your own BMA. Stem cell therapy involves using your bone marrow aspirate that is concentrated and injected at the site of injury or degeneration to induce natural healing.

How Is The Procedure Performed?

Most procedures take 30-60 minutes to perform, in a single office visit.  Patients are brought to our in-office procedure room and a light sedative is given. Your bone marrow is then taken from the iliac wing (posterior hip) using live x-ray guidance, called fluoroscopy. The concentrated bone marrow is then injected into the areas to be treated, i.e. spinal discs, joints, or tendons, using either ultrasound or x-ray (fluoroscopy) to precisely inject the intended area of treatment.

 

COMMON AREAS TREATED

HIP & JOINTS

SPINE

SHOULDER

KNEE

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Your Own Cells

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PRP

Platelet-Rich Plasma

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma.  Like bone marrow, PRP has been used for decades to help heal tissue in both animals and humans.  It consists of platelets concentrated anywhere from 2-5 times baseline, and the surrounding plasma.  Platelets contain a vast array of growth factors that help to decrease inflammation and to bring in new blood vessels to the injured area to help it heal.  The white and red blood cells are usually depleted, although depending on the injury or condition, white cells may be used for therapeutic benefit.  PRP is typically used for painful tendon and ligament injuries but has also been used in painful spinal discs, and arthritic joints.

Where Does PRP Come From?

PRP is simply a concentrate of your own blood. After a simple blood draw is performed, the blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate and concentrate the platelet-rich plasma. The PRP is then injected into the area being treated under sterile conditions.  From your standpoint, it is just like a mini-blood donation and a short wait for processing and ultrasound-guided injection.  It is done in one clinic appointment time from start to finish.

COMMON AREAS TREATED

HIP & JOINTS

SPINE

SHOULDER

KNEE