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Regenerative Injection Treatment & Therapy / Stem Cell Therapy – An Alternative Approach to Healing

Dr. Naftulin and Northeastern Rehabilitation Associates are pleased to announce a new, cutting edge procedure we are offering to our patients, Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate (BMAC) Therapy.  This revolutionary regenerative therapy accelerates the bodies healing abilities and is a drug-free alternative to surgical intervention.

BMAC therapy / Stem Cell Therapy is a medication-free, nonsurgical treatment for people suffering from:

  • Lumbar Disc Degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Muscle Sprains and Strains
  • Non-Healing Fractures
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Sports Injuries

Benefits of this Regenerative Medicine Treatment & Therapy

  • Decreased Pain
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Alternative procedure to surgical intervention
  • Increased healing potential
  • May eliminate the need for long term medication

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bone Marrow Aspiration Therapy (BMAC)?   BMAC therapy is a non-invasive procedure that Dr. Naftulin performs in an out-patient setting. Bone marrow aspirate is directly obtained from a bone called the iliac crest (hip). Bone marrow houses stem cells which can form new cells such as bone, cartilage and muscle.

A special needle is used to gather the bone marrow which is able to collect a high concentration of stem cells from your marrow. The newly concentrated stem cells are then injected into the problematic area to stimulate cell regeneration.

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 promote long term healing.

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy is used to promote healing of the target tissues such as ligaments, tendons, cartilage or discs.

Does insurance pay for BMAC Injections? – No. Despite several publications and peer reviewed journals showing the efficacy of BMAC, it is not covered by insurance at this time.  Comparable to many prescribed medications and treatments, these procedures are not FDA approved for these diagnoses. Nevertheless, regenerative medicine has shown great promise in effectively treating these difficult-to-treat, painful and disabling conditions.

How long does it take to “work”? – Many patients will notice some level of improvement within 2-6 weeks. However, the full benefits of decreased pain and an associated improvement in function may take 3 – 6 months.

How many injections will I need? Are there other regenerative medicine options? – We expect only to perform one BMAC stem cell injection. Other options include PRP (platelet-rich plasma) or amniotic-derived tissue.

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Patients with the following conditions are not candidates for this procedure: platelet dysfunction syndrome, critical thrombocytopenia, septicemia, infection, fever, recently received cortisone injection (within 1 month) and bone cancer.

Pre-Procedure Protocol:

Patients need to discontinue use of NSAIDS 7 – 14 days prior to the procedure. Do not stop other blood thinners unless directed by your physician.

Post Procedure Protocol:

You will need to have someone drive you home after the procedure. You may be given an analgesic prescription and in most cases a 4 – 6 week physical therapy course is prescribed. Most individuals can return to pre-procedural activities within 72 hours. The length of time to return to athletic activities averages anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks.

Ask Dr. Naftulin if BMAC Therapy is Right For You!

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Please Schedule a Doctors Visit at the Lehigh Valley – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania treatment center.

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