Stem cells can be found in many parts of the body but are concentrated in the bone marrow. Through a simple and nearly painless procedure, bone marrow can be aspirated from the patient and concentrated by placing it in a centrifuge. Stem cells can then be injected into the damaged or injured area. When the bodies own stem cells are injected into a joint or injured tissue, the body's natural repair efforts are amplified and inflammation is reduced.
Stem cells from bone marrow can be can be effective for orthopedic conditions such as Degenerative Joint Disease. Stem cells injected into various joints including knee, hip, shoulder, and back are now done regularly for degenerative arthritis. Reports have shown regeneration and a reduction in pain from 6 months to several years. Serial MRI’ have confirmed the reversal of the arthritic disease. Treatment effectiveness from 36 centers provided data with the average clinical improvement being 82%.
At IPRMS, we currently collect autologous bone marrow and obtain mesenchymal stem cells. The Stem cells can be injected into arthritic joints. A scaffold along with growth factors can then be injected into the joint along with the cells to promote bone regeneration and healing if there is a bone fracture.