BMAC

Making Cartilage Better on MRI

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s) are a precursor to chondrocytes.  This means that they can change into cartilage cells.  The research on cartilage repair using MSC’s has exploded in recent years.  A National Library of Medicine search this morning reveals over 1,000 research papers on the topic. While you may be surprised, when it […]

Platelet Rich Plasma and the Steelers

Nice piece this morning on PRP in the NYT.  PRP means platelet rich plasma.  Platelets are smaller than red blood cells and involved in clotting our blood and helping to heal injuries.  Our blood platelets house a significant mix of growth factors including PDGF, IGF, FGF, TGF-beta, and VEGF.  These growth factors, when concentrated in […]

Bone Marrow Nucleated Cell Concentrate (BMAC): Is it Concentrated Enough?

BMAC has become popular of late.  In this procedure, a physician takes a bone marrow aspirate, places it in a specially designed centrifuge and pulls out a concentrate of bone marrow nucleated cells.  This has been billed as a stem cell concentrate, but the stem cells that are concentrated in reasonable numbers tend […]

By |February 11th, 2009|Regenexx-C|