What is Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate Therapy?
Bone marrow aspirate concentrate, or BMAC, uses mesenchymal stem cells derived from your own bone marrow, blood cells, and fat tissue to repair and replace chronically painful or injured tissues, including cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Knees, Hips, and tendons are the most common sites for injection.
Will I benefit from the BMAC treatment?
It is important that you see your doctor or physiotherapist for proper assessment. Patients with a history of chronic joint pains, arthritis, and chronic tendinitis generally respond well to bone marrow aspirate concentrate.
BMAC can be used to speed healing for conditions and disorders such as:
- Sports Medicine
- Pain Management
- Neck Pain
- Thoracic Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Achilles Tendon Tear
- Cartilage Tears
- Meniscal Tears
How is the injection prepared?
Bone marrow aspirate concentrate is a preparation of your own bone marrow that is spun in a centrifuge and concentrated. The bone marrow is harvested from a bone in the back of the hip or the proximal tibia bone located just below the knee. The regenerative mesenchymal stem cells and other contents of BMAC work together in the joint to reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, as well as improving cell-to-cell communication that results in improved function overall.
After the bone marrow concentrate has been processed, the fluid is safely and precisely injected into the area that is targeted for treatment. Most procedures are completed in less than a few hours with the patient returning home the same day.
What are the risks of BMAC therapy?
Risks are minimal with the main drawback being post-procedure discomfort from the injection site. Occasionally, a patient may experience a mild fever, swelling of the injected area, body aches, and fatigue for up to three days.
Is BMAC therapy painful?
Patients may experience a few days of pain after the procedure that is generally managed with heat and acetaminophen or prescription for pain medication by your doctor. To ease pain at the harvest site for the bone marrow, ice and keep covered. Additionally, avoid submersion for two days.
What follow up treatment is needed?
Once swelling and discomfort have subsided, usually with in a week, physical therapy may be recommended. Most patients feel improvement in their pain and movement between 2-6 weeks with continued improvement over the next three months. Generally, a single BMAC injection is all that is needed to experience relief from pain.
If you have questions or are interested, please call our board-certified physicians at Tarpon Interventional Pain & Spine Care at 972-596-1059 or visit our website at www.TarponPA.com.