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Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) Stem Cell Therapy For Joint Preservation

Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) Stem Cell Therapy For Joint Preservation

Recent scientific advances in the field of orthopedics have recently discovered that the human body potentially holds its own healing power when it comes to alleviating chronic joint pain. This is done so by injecting stem cells directly into the site of the painful joint. Mesenchymal Stem Cell injections are a part of regenerative medicine and act a natural treatment when injected into painful and inflamed joints.

How Does Bone Marrow Aspirate Therapy Work?
Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) Therapy works by extracting Mesenchymal Stem Cells from a person’s bone marrow. BMA Stem Cell Therapy prompts cartilage and joint regeneration by using Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC), which have multiple amazing roles in joint preservation. According to Current Sports Medicine Reports, MSC has the potential ability to impact joint repair by manipulating their environment through secretion of reparative cytokines. These cytokines, along with a variety of bioactive trophic molecules, are what assist in the regeneration of joint tissue. Due to the rising etiology of osteoarthritic conditions, stem cell therapy is quickly becoming a more preferred, safer method of therapy over joint replacement surgery.

What are the Benefits of BMA Therapy?
The benefits to BMA Therapy include the following:

It is a nonsurgical treatment technique that is performed using general anesthesia. In many cases, the bone marrow is extracted by a sports medicine doctor with a needle from the back part of the hip area, or in a part of the tibia bone that is located directly below the knee. Once the bone marrow has been collected, it is then placed within a centrifuge to rapidly spin in order to separate the restorative platelets from other cells that are found in the bone marrow. The restorative platelets and other healing compounds are then collected into a needle in preparation for injection into the patient’s joint. We are certain to take additional precautions during injections by using an ultrasound-guided approach to guide the injection needle. You can read all about how we use the ultrasound to guide the injection needle to the site of pain on our company blog.

What Kind of Results Can You Expect?

Most BMA procedures are finished within a couple of hours. The procedure itself is only mildly invasive, and patient’s will typically be ready to go home shortly following the procedure. The cells that are found in bone marrow are capable of quickly replicating themselves. Only around 50 stem cells are needed for infusion, which is why this procedure is rapidly gaining popularity in the medical community. Some patients report a mild amount of soreness and stiffness at the injection site immediately after the procedure, but that is usually resolved within a couple of days. If needed, patients can begin physically therapy a few weeks after the procedure has been completed in order to quicken their recovery time and ensure that they are maximizing the results of the procedure. The majority of patients report seeing drastic improvement within two to six weeks of their procedure. The benefits to this type of treatment can typically last anywhere from two to five years.

Who is a Good Candidate for BMA Stem Cell Therapy?

This level of therapy has a huge benefit for a wide variety of patients, including those who suffer from conditions such as:

At our clinic, we are sure to go to great lengths to increase longevity and quality of life for all patients within our care. To read about one of our many success stories, please be sure to check out Joint Preservation Clinic in Portland – A Success Story!

For more information on how you can book a consultation with our team of prestigious sports medicine professionals, please contact us using our website – Sports Health Northwest

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