What are Bone Marrow Stem Cells?
Stem cells are cells that can replicate exponentially and can differentiate into many different types of cells, including muscle, bone, and cartilage cells. They can come from different areas of the body, but the two most common are bone marrow, the spongy tissue in the center of your bones, and adipose tissue, or fat.
In our therapy, we use mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) derived from bone marrow in the iliac crest of the hip bone. These cells are adult stem cells* (not embryonic), and autologous, which means they are used by the same person they are extracted from so there is no risk of the body rejecting them.
*They are the only source of stem cells allowed by the FDA at this time. They are also the most extensively studied stem cells in orthopedics, with tens of thousands of published patient cases over the last 30 years.
In a simple outpatient procedure, we utilize your body’s own healing elements found in your bone marrow to glean bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC – also known as simply bone marrow concentrate or BMC) that can then be applied like medicine to a damaged area. These elements–known as stem cells–immediately go to work reducing swelling, relieving pain and promoting repair & restoration.
- Quick, minimally invasive procedure
- Little to no recovery time with real results possible in weeks, not months
- Promotes natural healing
- Low-cost alternative to surgery
- Most comprehensive stem cell treatment available
Conditions Stem Cell Therapy Is Used to Improve
Though the potential uses for stem cells are vast, therapy is currently used mainly for orthopedics. Within this field, however, there are many conditions that BMC stem cell therapy can address by reducing inflammation and improving the body’s ability to heal:
Knee pain – osteoarthritis, medial/lateral meniscus tears, chondromalacia patellae
Tendon and ligament injuries – patellar tendonitis, quadriceps tendon tears, MCL/LCL/ACL tears
Hip pain – osteoarthritis, hip labrum tears, SI joint dysfunction, piriformis syndrome, greater trochanteric bursitis, iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome
Shoulder pain– osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tendinitis, tendinopathy, partial tears, labrum tears, bicipital tendinitis
Elbow pain – lateral epicondylitis (“tennis elbow”), medial epicondylitis (“golfer’s elbow”)
Hand and wrist pain – osteoarthritis, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
Ankle and foot pain – Achilles tendinitis or partial tears, plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains/ligament injuries
Spine – facet joint arthropathy, SI joint dysfunction