What Is Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate?

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Bone marrow aspirate concentrate procedure is a stem cell treatment using autologous bone marrow-derived cells. Autologous means the bone marrow comes from yourself.

Bone marrow is commonly taken from the pelvis but may be taken from other areas of the body. A needle is used to remove (aspirate) bone marrow from within the bone. This is typically done with local anesthetic at the site of the needle. Some patients may request / require sedation or general anesthesia, but many patients describe the procedure as relatively painless.

After the autologous bone marrow is harvested, it is typically spun in a centrifuge, which is a machine that spins very fast, to separate the cells. A liquid is produced which has a high concentration of stem cells. Your physician then injects these cells directly into the destination site using image guidance to pinpoint the exact location in need. This is a highly skilled procedure that requires a physician to have advanced training and knowledge in musculoskeletal injections and the use of ultrasound and fluoroscopy guidance.

These treatments can be costly, but can yield good results and pain reduction for patients who ensure they are receiving a procedure that uses current best practices from a skilled physician who is focusing on regenerative treatments for orthopedics and has the training and imaging equipment to deliver the cells to the exact spot to begin their work. These procedures should be accomplished by a doctor with M.D. or D.O. status. See our requirements to be listed on this site, which provides a list of best practices as confirmed by doctors who currently specialize in these procedures.

Why use bone marrow aspirate?

Bone marrow stem cells have the ability to replicate into a variety of tissue types. It is also autologous, which means you are donating cells to yourself (eliminating risks associated with the utilization of other sources). Of all stem cell treatments, Bone Marrow Aspirate is not only the most solid fit for meeting current FDA guidelines, but it has also been the most studied source of stem cells, with many published outcomes papers, and it has been shown to have minimal safety risks.

The concentration of regenerative cells provide concentrated healing to damaged tissues and support growth and repair by accelerating the body’s innate healing. This level of treatment is typically used for more serious injuries, such as complete and partial tears of muscle, tendons and ligaments, or pain related to arthritis or other degenerative conditions.

This treatment has been successful in relieving pain, reducing swelling, and enhanced healing, as well as helping individuals delay the need for joint replacement, without the need for invasive surgery.

Regenerative procedures are commonly used to treat musculoskelatal trauma, overuse injuries, and degenerative issues, including failed surgeries.
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Shoulder

Shoulder

Many Shoulder and Rotator Cuff injuries are good candidates for regenerative treatments. Before considering shoulder arthroscopy or shoulder replacement, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.

  • Rotator Cuff Tears and Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Instability
  • SLAP Tear / Labral Tears
  • Shoulder Arthritis
  • Other Degenerative Conditions & Overuse Injuries
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Cervical Spine

Spine

Many spine injuries and degenerative conditions are good candidates for regenerative treatments and there are a number of studies showing promising results in treating a wide range of spine problems. Spine surgery should be a last resort for anyone, due to the cascade of negative effects it can have on the areas surrounding the surgery. And epidural steroid injections are problematic due to their long-term negative impact on bone density.

  • Herniated, Bulging, Protruding Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerves and General Back Pain
  • And more
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Knee

Knees

Knees are the target of many common sports injuries. Sadly, they are also the target of a number of surgeries that research has frequently shown to be ineffective or minimally effective. Knee arthritis can also be a common cause for aging athletes to abandon the sports and activities they love. Regenerative procedures can be used to treat a wide range of knee injuries and conditions. They can even be used to reduce pain and delay knee replacement for more severe arthritis.

  • Knee Meniscus Tears
  • Knee ACL Tears
  • Knee Instability
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Other Knee Ligaments / Tendons & Overuse Injuries
  • And more
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Lower Spine

Spine

Many spine injuries and degenerative conditions are good candidates for regenerative treatments and there are a number of studies showing promising results in treating a wide range of spine problems. Spine surgery should be a last resort for anyone, due to the cascade of negative effects it can have on the areas surrounding the surgery. And epidural steroid injections are problematic due to their long-term negative impact on bone density.

  • Herniated, Bulging, Protruding Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerves and General Back Pain
  • And more
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Hand & Wrist

Hand & Wrist

Hand and wrist injuries and arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and conditions relating to overuse of the thumb, are good candidates for regenerative treatments. Before considering surgery, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.
  • Hand and Wrist Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Thumb Arthritis (Basal Joint, CMC, Gamer’s Thumb, Texting Thumb)
  • Other conditions that cause pain
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Elbow

Elbow

Most injuries of the elbow’s tendons and ligaments, as well as arthritis, can be treated non-surgically with regenerative procedures.

  • Golfer’s elbow & Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Ulnar collateral ligament wear (common in baseball pitchers)
  • And more
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Hip

Hip

Hip injuries and degenerative conditions become more common with age. Do to the nature of the joint, it’s not quite as easy to injure as a knee, but it can take a beating and pain often develops over time. Whether a hip condition is acute or degenerative, regenerative procedures can help reduce pain and may help heal injured tissue, without the complications of invasive surgical hip procedures.

  • Labral Tear
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Bursitis
  • Hip Sprain, Tendonitis or Inflammation
  • Hip Instability
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Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle

Foot and ankle injuries are common in athletes. These injuries can often benefit from non-surgical regenerative treatments. Before considering surgery, consider an evaluation of your condition with a regenerative treatment specialist.
  • Ankle Arthritis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Other conditions that cause pain
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