Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy
At the Orthohealing Center, we are pioneers in Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy . Not only have our physicians remained on the cutting edge of this minimally invasive approach to orthopedic wellness, they have also been instrumental in researching and developing this technique from the outset. When you come to the Orthohealing Center, rest assured you are in the hands of those who know it best, leading to improved outcomes, reduced downtime, and greater comfort and mobility.
To learn more about our initial and ongoing participation in this innovative field, please visit our Research page.
Bone marrow stem cell therapy is a very promising advancement in the orthopedics and sports medicine.
It represents a brand new approach to treating orthopedic injuries including bone and joint pain by leveraging your body’s natural healing powers – potentially delivering long-lasting, and sometimes permanent relief.
Additionally, as one of the top providers of bone marrow stem cell therapy Los Angeles has to offer, the Orthohealing Center is dedicated to doing it as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Understanding how bone marrow stem cell therapy works
Stem cells acting as “mobile paramedics” are naturally produced by your body to heal injuries and repair damaged and diseased tissue. In fact every second, 15 million blood cells die and are regenerated in our bodies. Immediately after an acute injury, they are released off of blood vessels called “pericytes” and migrate towards the injured area to begin healing. Unfortunately, our bodies sometimes get overwhelmed by a significant physical stress and the injury and can’t heal themselves. This leads to chronic pain, inflammation, and limited function.
That’s where bone marrow stem cell therapy comes in. After completing a comprehensive hands on evaluation and obtaining state of the art 3Tesla MRI and/or dynamic ultrasound testing a proper diagnosis is obtained. Our physicians create an individualized plan, which may integrate utilizing your own stem cells and precisely under visualized guidance (ultrasound and/or x-ray) delivering them into the injured area, potentially restarting or enhancing the healing process. This is followed by a customized rehabilitation and exercise program to maximize results and restore function.
Conditions we treat with bone marrow stem cell therapy
Stem cell therapy is still very new, and as such we are constantly evaluating its efficacy in treating various conditions. Further controlled trials are needed to better understand optimal indications and techniques. As of now, it has been shown to have promising results with the following conditions:
- Improving painful joints with cartilage damage and osteoarthritis
- Improving degenerative vertebral discs of the spine
- Healing tendons
- Healing bone fractures
In addition, bone marrow stem cell therapy is a very versatile treatment. It can be used to promote healing in larger joints, such as the hips and knees, as well as smaller joints, like the ankles and thumbs. It’s also a new possible alternative to surgery if your condition has been unresponsive to conservative approaches. When some injuries are so extensive they require surgery; our team of world class physicians can add bone marrow stem cells in the operating room to potentially speed healing and regulate inflammation and pain naturally.
What to expect during bone marrow stem cell therapy
The first thing to know is that the Orthohealing Center is one of the top deliverers of bone marrow stem cell therapy Los Angeles & Beverly Hills has to offer. As such, you can be at ease knowing that you are in the care of pioneering orthopedic experts.
Next, it's important to know that your stem cell therapy treatments are separated into several steps. First, we’ll have you lie on your stomach. Medications may be administered orally or IV to ensure a comfortable experience. From there, we will use a needle to carefully extract bone marrow from your pelvis bone (PSIS) utilizing ultrasound guidance for precise visualization. Once we’ve collected a sufficient amount, we concentrate the marrow aspirate to isolate the regenerative cells and proteins, before injecting them directly into your damaged regions on the same day.
Dynamic ultrasound and/or X-Ray fluoroscopic guidance is used to selectively target painful structures in a comfortable manner. To complete your procedure, we’ll apply bandages to the area and send you home to begin the recovery process.
Unlike other non-surgical treatments, there is a brief recovery period associated with bone marrow stem cell therapy. In most cases, you’ll need to avoid any strenuous exercise and placing stress on your joints for at least one to two weeks to give your body the opportunity to heal properly. Often the injected area may be sore for 48-72 hours while the early inflammation phase subsides. Often lower extremity weight bearing is restricted for 2 days post procedure followed by physical therapy beginning 5 days post procedure. In about six weeks, we’ll often have you return for a follow-up injection with platelet-rich plasma therapy, as a booster to maximize the healing.
Using our published technique including our educational videos and annual cadaver lab, we have educated thousands of leading physicians around the world to ensure a positive patient experience.
Is Bone Marrow Stem Cell therapy right for you?
Bone marrow stem cell therapy is a promising new method for treating a number of orthopedic ailments, but it’s not for everyone. In general, it’s reserved for more advanced injuries when treatments like platelet rich plasma may not be strong enough to effectively provide relief and improved function. In addition, patients with a history of lymphoma, leukemia, certain blood diseases and multiple medical issues are often not candidates. During your initial consultation, our Beverly Hills experts will review your medical history and injuries with you to help you determine if you’re an ideal candidate.