Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC)
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and BMAC stands for bone marrow aspirate concentration. This therapy may be used to treat various acute and chronic pain conditions such as rotator cuff tear, tendonitis, muscle tears, sprain, trigger points, meniscus tear of the knee, mild to moderate degenerative arthritis of various joints, disorders of the spine, especially facet joints. Your own blood is used to promote cellular repair. PRP and BMAC contain growth factors, platelets, and other molecules from your own blood, which help the body with healing. Natural healing takes place with the help of certain blood products, such as platelets, neutrophils, monocyte-macrophage, fibroblasts, and endothelial cells. For PRP, approximately 15 mL of blood will be taken from your vein, and for BMAC, approximately 40-60 mL of blood will be taken from the bone marrow. Blood is placed into a centrifuge to concentrate the healing components. Under the sterile technique, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the skin, and the area of injection, and ultrasound or x-ray imaging will be used to inject the PRP or BMAC. Following needle removal, you will rest for 15 minutes in the exam room.