Orthopedic Bone Marrow Concentrate Research and the Future of Regenerative Medicine

As I review the literature on stem cell treatment for musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, I’m impressed by how much new information comes out on a daily basis indicating how mesenchymal stem cells grow cartilage in the face of osteoarthritis and also change the micro-environment within the joint that is being treated.

I think that patients can be optimistic about the outcome of their stem cell treatment as a result.  The evolution of stem cell treatment for musculoskeletal conditions including the spine is one that is profoundly influenced by research that that is currently being done.

Today’s stem cell treatment will not be the same treatment that we will be performed in the future. Cutting edge treatment for musculoskeletal conditions must be guided by research in order to succeed.  Unfortunately, today, there is a lot of stem cell treatment out there which is either not stem cell treatment or not guided by research.  Ultimately, this may put a blemish on the entire field.

There is “truth” in scientific research that cannot be denied.  This “scientific truth” may have a profound influence on insurance companies and the FDA ultimately approving and paying for his treatments.  If too many “bad actors” negatively influence the outcome of these treatments, I’m afraid that Neither FDA approval or insurance company payment will occur.

At this time, Regenexx stem cell treatments are FDA compliant and continue to be based on research.  These treatments are currently being accepted by self-insured businesses at a rapid pace, so that their employees may receive these state-of-the-art treatments in lieu of more costly, invasive and debilitating orthopedic surgical procedures.  I am certain that when enough of these businesses accept the Regenexx procedures, it will only be a matter of time before insurance companies jump on board with this.  However, at this time, it is impossible to predict when that will happen.

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Dr. Paul Lieber

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Knee

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Knee Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Patellofemoral
  • Syndrome/Chondomalacia
  • ACL Tears + PCL, LCL & MCL Tears & Sprains
  • Patellar Tendonitis
  • Pes anersine bursitis
  • Baker’s cyst
  • Instability
  • Hamstrings Tendinopathy & Biceps Femoris Insertional Tendinopathy

Lower Spine

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Spine Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Lumbar Facet Injury
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated or Bulging Disc
  • Radiculopathy (pinched nerve)
  • SI Joint Syndrome
  • Many More Disc and Low Back Issues

Cervical Spine

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Spine Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Cervical Instability
  • Cervical Facet Injury
  • Neck, Back or Rib Instability
  • Many More Disc and Cervical Issues Causing Pain

Foot & Ankle

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Foot & Ankle Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Ankle Instability
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Peroneal tendon tear or split
  • Ligament sprain or tear
  • Sub-talar arthritis or instability
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Bunions

Hip

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Hip Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteonecrosis
  • Bursitis
  • Tendinopathy
  • Labral / Labrum Tear

Elbow

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Elbow Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Instability
  • Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow
  • Nerve entrapment (ulnar nerve)

Shoulder

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions. View Details About Shoulder Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Arthritis of the shoulder joint
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Labral tears or degeneration
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis & tendonosis
  • AC Joint Separation
  • Recurrent shoulder dislocations

Hand & Wrist

Regenexx® Procedures are non-surgical injection treatments that are intended to help reduce pain and improve function for those who are suffering from pain due to common injuries, arthritis, and overuse conditions.

View Details About Hand & Wrist Treatments >

Commonly Treated Conditions:

  • Hand Arthritis
  • Basal Joint Arthritis or CMC / Carpometacarpal
  • Arthritis
  • Instability
  • TFCC Tear
  • Carpal Tunnel SyndromeTrigger Finger