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Regenerative Medicine

UK HealthCare Interventional Pain Associates offers the following procedures to help stimulate recovery and healing.

  • Platelet-rich Plasma Injections (PRP)

    Platelets are a special type of cell fragment found in your blood stream. Platelets lay the framework to form clots in the body following an injury. They also function as cellular signalers and recruit growth factors to the injured area for repair and regenesis. 

    When high concentrations of platelets are injected into injured joints, tendons and other musculoskeletal injuries, they allow the body to repair itself and restore homeostasis. 

    The procedure is performed in-office. Your doctor will draw blood from your forearmin a sterile fashion. Once the blood sample is collected it will be placed into a machine that separates the blood into its different constituents. This process filters unnecessary cells from the injectate and allows for highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma isolation. Once processing is complete, usually in about 15 minutes, your doctor will inject the platelet-rich plasma into your injured area using sterile technique. 

    Ask your doctor if you qualify for this therapy. If you are a candidate, your doctor will prescribe a treatment plan. 

    Some insurance companies may not fully cover this procedure, so there might be out-of-pocket expenses. Your doctor will discuss this with you.

  • Bone Marrow Concentrate Therapy (BMC)

    The bone marrow is a liquid spongy fatty area deep located deep within large bones throughout your body. The most accessible site for aspiration of these cell is the pelvis. This area is the generator site for bone marrow cells, also commonly known as mesenchymal stem cells. These cells have the potential to transform into other cell types and induce change in neighboring cells due to signaling factors they secrete. 

    When high concentrations of these cells are injected into injured sites, such as joints, tendons, and other musculoskeletal injuries, they allow the body to repair itself and restore homeostasis.

    This procedure is performed in-office with local numbing medicine for anesthesia and utilizes flouroscopy image guidance. You will be positioned laying on your abdomen on the procedure table. Your doctor will clean your back and buttock using sterile cleansing solution. Your doctor will anesthetize your skin and muscle using local anesthetic, then access the bone marrow with special instruments. Once the bone marrow sample is collected it will be placed into a machine that separates the marrow into its different constituents. This process filters unnecessary cells from the injectate and allows for highly concentrated bone marrow mesenchymal cell isolation. Once processing is completed, usually in about 30 minutes, your doctor will inject the bone marrow concentrate into your injured area using sterile technique.

    Ask your doctor if you may qualify for this therapy. If you are a candidate, your doctor will prescribe a treatment plan.

    Some insurance companies may not fully cover this procedure, so there might be out-of-pocket expenses. Your doctor will discuss this with you.