PMC physicians are excited by recent advancements in regenerative medicine and the hope it brings to patients suffering osteoarthritis and joint pain. Enhancing the healing power of the patient’s body can bring relief that lasts for a period of years, unlike pharmaceutical treatments which work quickly and then wear off. This allows many patients to prevent or delay surgery.
We Want to get you moving again!
Your body is constantly repairing itself. Stem cells play a key role in this process. Stem cells are formed in the bone marrow and have the ability to transform themselves into any other cell in your body, including cells that replace the damaged tissues causing you pain.
Putting Stem Cells to Work
Concentrated Bone Marrow Aspiration therapy involves extracting bone marrow (typically from your hip) and applying minimal processing to these cells within a closed system.
Our doctors then inject this concentrated cell mixture directly where it is needed. Because these cells are from your own body they are perfectly welcome by your immune system with little risk of rejection-related complications.
Your body directs yet-to-be transformed cells to become the type of cells needed to restore damaged tissues such as cartilage, tendon, ligament, muscle or even bone.
The process also signals the body to recruit other cells to help heal the area.
Patience is Rewarded
We ask that you be patient as your amazing body heals itself.
Many patients notice improvements within 4-6 weeks and see maximum benefits by six months. Often, these results last for a period of years.
We may suggest a related therapy using platelet rich plasma to accelerate the healing effect.
Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP is another treatment PMC physicians use to relieve pain and help the body heal damaged tissue. Natural compounds that signal the body’s tissue growth factors are concentrated from the patient’s blood then injected at the point of pain or injury. This approach avoids the risks of traditional steroid therapy which can lead to tissue loss. PRP has been shown to stimulate the growth of cartilage and connective tissues lost due to age, sports injury or overuse.
Dr. Thomas Lazoff recently appeared on a radio talk show to explain how regenerative medicine works and who it can help.