Bone Marrow Aspirate Injections
Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) is a promising regenerative therapy to help accelerate healing in moderate to severe osteoarthritis or tendon injuries. Similar to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), or autologous fat grafting (AFG), BMC harnesses the body’s natural ability to heal itself by using regenerative cells found in a patient’s own bone marrow. Bone marrow is the soft tissue found in the hollow interior of bones. In adults, marrow contains a rich reservoir that produces new blood cells, including regenerative cells. These cells can be extracted from a patient’s pelvis and used for BMC injection therapy.
The process of obtaining and preparing these powerful regenerative cells is relatively simple.Stem cells are gathered by aspirating (removing through suction) bone marrow from the back of a patient’s pelvis with a tiny needle. Since the patient is given a local anesthetic, only minimal discomfort results from the procedure. The bone marrow is then placed in a centrifuge, which separates the regenerative cells and platelets from the rest of the blood products. The result is a concentrate that is 5-11 times richer in regenerative cells and growth factors, and includes platelets, mesenchymal stem cells, and other kinds of stem cells used in adult stem cell therapy. This concentrated bone marrow product is reintroduced via injection into the injured area during stem cell therapy. Generally, the repair process takes two to three months to complete, but in most cases improvement can be noticed before then. About four to six weeks after the stem cell injection, the patient receives a platelet-rich plasma injection on the afflicted area; this is followed by another injection four to six weeks afterward. These injections enable the stem cells to continue growth and multiply to support cartilage or surrounding soft tissue.
With new techniques and technological improvements, regenerative cells can easily be obtained and concentrated in a simple office procedure. This point of care treatment allows for minimal manipulation of cells which are injected into the injured area on the same day.
Most recently BMC is being used in Regenerative Injection Therapy where it is injected into:
Spinal facet joints
Spinal intervertebral discs
Around spinal nerves
Neck and back pain due to arthritis of spinal joints
Painful spinal disc tear
Some disc herninations
After seeing a number of doctors without success, I saw Dr. Melnik. I had two PRP/stem cell shots in my back about three months apart and one in my knee. I have stopped all pain medication and am leading a very active life: going to the gym, walking, and playing golf. I recommend Dr. Melnik without hesitation.