Executive Medical and Surgical Associates

Alternative Therapies

Alternative Therapies services in Colton and Costa Mesa, CA

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Do you struggle with a severe injury, chronic pain, degenerative disease, or a wound that just won’t heal? If you do, it’s time to learn about the benefits of alternative therapies provided by Darren L. Bergey, MD, at Executive Medical and Surgical Associates. Dr. Bergey has extensive experience using cellular therapies that support your body’s natural ability to repair tissues and heal. Call the office in Colton or Costa Mesa, California, to learn more about alternative cellular therapies and how they can help you regain optimal health and mobility.

Alternative Therapies Q & A

What are alternative therapies?

Alternative therapies refer to advanced treatments using cells that stimulate your body’s natural healing ability. Though cellular therapies could refer to several different treatments, Dr. Bergey specializes in a specific type called autologous bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) procedures.

Autologous means the cells come from your own body. Using your cells ensures the treatment is safe and eliminates any worries you might have about side effects.

Dr. Bergey uses a hollow needle to withdraw a small amount of bone marrow, usually from your hip bone. Then he processes the bone marrow and uses it as an injection to treat musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. 

When might I need alternative therapies?

The natural healing cells in your BMAC trigger cellular activities that rebuild and repair damaged tissues. These amazing cells have the ability to restore numerous tissues, including muscles, cartilage, bone, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves.  

Dr. Bergey may recommend BMAC therapy to treat many different orthopedic and spine conditions. A few examples include:

  • Arthritis
  • Meniscus tears
  • Tendon and ligament tears
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerated discs
  • Overuse injuries
  • Nonunion fractures (fractures that don’t heal)

Cellular therapy can reduce inflammation, making it a potential treatment for inflammatory conditions like tendonitis and bursitis.

What should I expect during alternative therapy?

A bone marrow aspiration is a common procedure to remove a small sample of your bone marrow. Bone marrow, the spongy tissue in the middle of your bones, produces blood cells. It’s also a rich source of other cells your body uses to heal damaged and diseased tissues.

During your aspiration, Dr. Bergey applies a local anesthetic at the site where he plans to insert the needle. Using real-time imaging to view your bone and guide the needle, he inserts it into the bone marrow and pulls a sample up into the needle.

Next, your bone marrow aspirate goes into a centrifuge, which separates and concentrates the healing cells. The end product becomes your BMAC treatment. Dr. Bergey again uses real-time imaging to guide the injection, injecting your cells at the precise tissues needing healing.

Call Executive Medical and Surgical Associates or use online booking to learn if alternative therapy might be a good option for easing your pain and healing your injury.