Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) Therapy is a non-surgical, minimally invasive form of treatment used to initiate healing in areas of the body that lack or have a limited blood supply using the bodies own cells.
BMAC may be used to treat cartilage degeneration and injuries to tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones.
It is most often used to help reduce chronic pain and damage caused by moderate to severe osteoarthritis in the knee, hip, spine and shoulder. It’s also used to treat tendinitis in various areas of the body.
Similar to Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, BMAC therapy uses cells harvested from the patients own body.
BMAC is rich in stem cells, which produce growth factors and proteins to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
During BMAC therapy, a patient will receive a local anesthetic near the hip bone. Bone marrow is then extracted from the patients hip bone. The extracted cells are placed into a centrifuge and processed. The processed bone marrow concentrate is then injected into the targeted area to stimulate cell generation. Ultrasound or X-ray guidance is typically by a used doctor for visual guidance to accurately place the injection.
A patient who has had BMAC or PRP Therapy should avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen. Regenerative therapy causes an inflammatory response, which is the first part of the healing process. Anti-inflammatory medications can interfere with this process.
An orthopedic doctor will thoroughly evaluate your medical history and disorder to determine whether you are a candidate for BMAC therapy.
Examples of conditions BMAC therapy may be used for includes but is not limited to:
BMAC is often used in combination with other conservative forms of treatment like rest, immobilization and physical therapy.
It can potentially be used by some patients as an alternative to anti-inflammatory medications, hyaluronic acid injections, pain medications and cortisone injections.
Our team of orthopedic surgeons, doctors and clinical staff work together to help patients return to a pain free lifestyle using the most conservative forms of treatment possible, including regenerative therapy.
If you are in pain or discomfort as the result of an orthopedic condition or injury, schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedist. After your condition has been diagnosed and evaluated, our staff will discuss the best treatment options available.