As I have previously indicated in my Blog, the world of Cellular Orthopedics is growing at an exponential pace. Evidence Based Medicine supports weight reduction, physical therapy, anti-inflammatories, analgesics, and cortisone injections for symptomatic relief. Evidence Based Medicine no longer supports the use of Hyaluronic Acid injections (visco-supplementation). Historically, the next step is a joint replacement when the aforementioned conservative measures no longer have an effect. When I initiated my practice of Interventional Orthopedics as part of the Regenexx Network, their patient satisfaction surveys supported the use of Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate interventions for osteoarthritic joints. Since my entry into the sub-discipline of Regenerative Medicine, we have gathered data on every patient seeking consultation and care and, have expanded the Outcomes measurement intake to include objective data points in addition to those of a subjective nature. Along the way, we have gained a better understanding as to how a patient might better respond to Interventional orthopedic options. The evidence is growing.

Just as my practice has grown and the Regenexx Outcomes Data base has grown, so too have the Interventional Orthopedic treatment alternatives increased. Now there is Amniotic Fluid Concentrates available to replace Hyaluronic Acid as a six to 12 month anti-inflammatory. As of July of this year, two companies have introduced Adipose derived stem cell alternatives claiming a mechanical means of emulsifying fat and eliminating the need for the enzyme collagenase; the latter not approved by the FDA when it comes to the musculoskeletal system. As of this time, there is no scientific evidence to support the claims of success in arthritis with both Amniotic Fluid Concentrate and Adipose Derived Stem Cells. Those studies will take several years before there is clinical evidence to support said use in arthritis.

What we have learned and is supported by clinical evidence is how to better plan and prepare for a Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate intervention. First a clinician must rule out referral of pain from other sources; this is accomplished by a thorough history and physical examination. The status of a meniscus, labrum, and the articular cartilage must be taken into account. Mechanical malalignment –a bowed leg or knock knee-must be ascertained and excesses corrected. Ligamentous deficiencies will contribute to the end result and must be corrected before any Intervention of an orthopedic nature.

I have provided a lot for a reader to digest. If you want clarification or to learn if you are a candidate for INTERVENTIONAL ORTHOPEDIC to postpone or eliminate a joint replacement for osteoarthritis, call for an appointment:.

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