The term regenerative medicine, while exciting and full of promise, can sometimes be a bit ambiguous. Add orthobiologics to the discussion, and you may have no idea what any of it means for you — or for your orthopedic injuries.
To help clear up this confusion, we can start by saying that orthobiologic therapies are a specific type of regenerative medical treatment. The best news is that it has gone from science fiction to a very real — and very accessible — form of treatment for a variety of orthopedic injuries and joint degeneration.
The Growing Field of Regenerative Medicine
In the past, orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians were limited in how they could treat most injuries and degenerative joint diseases. In the case of damaged cartilage in the knee, we could attempt an arthroscopic surgical procedure. However, as this approach is only effective and appropriate for some patients, the alternative was an open surgical procedure, potentially involving full or partial knee replacement with metal or plastic prostheses.
Although this approach can ultimately restore some or most of the joint’s function, patients face a long, painful recovery and rehabilitation process, and an increased risk of osteoarthritis.
Today, advances in science and technology have given us a third option that is non- or minimally invasive, highly effective and requires significantly less rehabilitation. This preferable alternative is generally referred to as regenerative medicine.
What Are Orthobiologic Therapies?
Orthobiologic treatments are forms of regenerative medicine that use biomaterials and cell-based therapies to engage the body in repairing its own bone and cartilage. By restoring function with regenerative therapy, the need for artificial replacement is greatly reduced.
These treatments can limit or even eliminate the need for hospital stays, and accelerate the healing process. They also improve your chances for regaining full joint functionality, and reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis later in life.
Many scientifically proven orthobiologic treatments are available today. Depending on your injury or disease, we may recommend ultrasound-guided injections of platelet rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells obtained from bone marrow or adipose tissue.
Is Regenerative Medicine Therapy Right for You?
Although each patient presents with a unique set of symptoms and needs, orthobiologic treatments are effective for many patients. Regenerative medicine is especially effective for professional athletes and those who need to get back in action as quickly as possible.
For older patients, orthboiologics can be life-changing. Older patients were often forced to live with pain and limited mobility if noninvasive treatments were ineffective and surgery was deemed too risky or unnecessary. Today, orthobiologic therapy can increase the quality of life for these and other patients who previously faced limited treatment options.
We are proud to offer a comprehensive range of orthobiologic treatments at our state-of-the-art facilities. Don’t suffer with orthopedic or joint pain or loss of mobility any longer. Contact us today to schedule your regenerative medicine consultation.