Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Bone Marrow Aspirate?
Bone Marrow Aspirate (BMA) can be directly obtained from bones such as the iliac crest(hip). Bone marrow houses stem cells which can form new cells such as bone, cartilage and muscle.
How does BMA work?
To collect the BMA, a special needle is used, which is able to collect a high concentration of stem cells from your marrow.
What can be treated?
Once your bone marrow is obtained, your own stem cells are then injected into tendons and ligaments all over your body. Degenerative disc disease, low back pain, sports injuries, arthritic joints and even more speciﬁc injuries including ACL and rotator cuﬀ tears all can be treated using BMA injections.
What are the potential beneﬁts?
Stem cell injections may eliminate the need for more aggressive treatments, such as long term medication or surgery, and can facilitate a return to function in patients. If you have an injury and traditional methods have not provided relief then BMA therapy may be the solution.
I have heard of cortisone injections, is it the same thing?
Studies have shown that cortisone injections may actually weaken tissue. Cortisone shots may provide temporary pain relief but do not provide long term healing. Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy heals and strengthens these tendons and ligaments.
Does insurance pay for BMA Injections?
No. Despite several publications and peer reviewed journals showing the eﬃcacy of BMA, it is not covered by insurance at this time.
How long does it take to “work”?
Most patients notice some level of improvement within 2-6 weeks or sooner. You can expect a decrease in pain and an increase in strength and stability. Most patients require only a single injection of BMA.
Click on the links below for more information.
Updated Paper, titled “Novel Technology to Increase Concentrations of Stem and Progrenitor Cell in Marrow Aspiration”.
An edited podium presentation of Dr. Michael Scarpone, presenting the findings by him and Daniel Kuebler, PhD, on using the Marrow Cellution™ device without centrifugation.
Download the presentation, which compares the data from using the Marrow Cellution™ to other techniques, including centrifugation.