Bone Marrow Aspiration Therapy
Bone Marrow Aspiration Therapy (BMAT) is an offset of regenerative medicine that involves using the liquid soft tissue inside your bones–responsible for producing red/white blood cells and plasma–to accelerate healing in moderate to severe tendon injuries and osteoarthritis. In addition, since bone marrow provides a concentrated reservoir of stem cells, its natural characteristics make it an incredibly useful application.
This cutting-edge therapy, similar to PRP injections, harnesses your body’s natural healing properties without surgery and the lengthy recovery times associated with it. While PRP Injections usually work well for mild to moderate injuries, physicians often reserve BMAT for more complicated issues like moderate to severe osteoarthritis or when the patient wants more potent effects.
While other stem cell therapies use umbilical or placental stem cells, bone marrow aspiration feels more natural to some patients, since it harvests your stem cells right here in the clinic. The primary benefit of this type of treatment is its focus on the source of the problem, unlike steroid injections that only mask symptoms and can harm tissue down the road.
What to Expect from a BMAT Session
After removing a small amount of your bone marrow (with local anesthetic to minimize discomfort), the physician spins it in a centrifuge to concentrate the marrow and make it injectable. Although post-injection soreness can happen (resolving itself within a few days), most patients tolerate the procedure well and report little pain. After therapy, you should avoid anti-inflammatory medications, including Naproxen, Ibuprofen and Aspirin, as they can block the effects of treatment.
Most patients–depending on the degree of injury–require only one treatment. If you experience immediate relief that plateaus, however, a second injection down the road could prove beneficial. To facilitate speedy recovery and optimize results, most physicians recommend starting physical therapy after bone marrow injection. While many patients feel better within days or weeks, the response time to therapy can vary depending on the individual and level of injury.
Common Conditions Treated by BMAT
Although many issues can benefit from Bone Marrow Aspiration Therapy, the most common include:
- Meniscus Tears
- Chondromalacia Patella
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Quad Tendon
- Ligament Sprains or Tears
- Hip Labrum Tears
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- SI Joint Dysfunction
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Bicipital Tendonitis
- Lateral Epicondylitis
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Tennis Elbow
- DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Ankle Sprains/Ligament Injuries
- Facet Joint Arthropathy
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