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Bone Marrow Aspirate, Using Adult Stem Cells To Treat Osteoarthritis

Platelet Rich Plasma provides a potent delivery of the body’s healing properties, called growth factors. However in some patients with severe cartilage loss and less viable cells, a stronger pool of healing properties lies in obtaining adult “mesenchymal stem cells” from the hip (iliac crest). In this procedure, Bone marrow is taken from the hip and like PRP is prepared for injection into an arthritic hip or knee. While further studies are needed, preliminary reports are encouraging. PRP is probably a more reasonable first line treatment, given it’s ease of use. However particularly challenging cases may consider the marrow application. A blog on bone marrow aspirate is: http://www.autologousadultstemcells.org/blogs.html

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