Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) is another regenerative therapy that helps to accelerate healing of tendon injuries and moderate to severe osteoarthritis. This regenerative therapy is similar to Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), in the regards that it harnesses your own body’s natural healing process by using regenerative cells found in a patient’s own bone marrow. Now you may be asking yourself what is this Bone Marrow? Well, bone marrow is the soft tissue found within your hollow bones. In adults, marrow contains a reservoir that produces new blood cells, including regenerative cells! These cells can be obtained from the patient’s hip and used for BMC injection therapy.
Unlike other cells found within the body, bone marrow regenerative cells are special, because they are able to replicate into undifferentiated tissue such as muscle, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. This is a special property because it means that bone marrow regenerative cells have the ability to replicate into a variety of tissue types. The human body is in a constant state of repair and regeneration. Unfortunately, as we mature with time, the quantity of regenerative cells declines and this partly explains why our injuries often linger, as we grow older.
Now if you’re a Mets fan you must have known about Matt Harvey’s recent injury. The Mets pitcher has partially torn his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Since the pitcher suffered an injury to his ligament, which just so happens to be partially torn ligament he is an excellent candidate for BMC therapy.
If you or your loved ones are tired of being in pain from conditions ranging from osteoarthritis or tendon, cartilage, ligament or muscle injuries do not hesitate to contact Dr. Benjamin Bieber of Howard Beach for more information regarding your options of treatment using Regenerative Medicine. At Cross Bay Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation you will find many non-surgical orthopedic treatments that will work to get you back to a better and happier life.