Orthobiologics Can Speed Up the Healing Process
We’ll Explain Some Specific Types and What They Can Do Did you know that, in certain situations, substances from your very own body can be used to treat your orthopaedic injuries or conditions? It’s true! Orthobiologics—substances such as cells, tissue, blood components and growth factors—can improve joint function, reduce pain and inflammation, replace lost tissue and help heal broken bones as well as injured muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Orthobiologics, which can come from your own body or a donor, are administered through an injection or during a surgical procedure. Your orthopaedic surgeon at Kayal Orthopaedic Center may recommend orthobiologics when rest, medications and physical therapy have not relieved your symptoms. They may also be used following certain surgeries.
Here are some types of orthobiologics:
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP): This plasma is made up of concentrated platelets and certain white blood cells from your blood. It can be injected directly into damaged tissue during an outpatient procedure or during surgery.
- Bone marrow aspiration concentrate (BMAC): This substance is rich in stem cells that generate growth factors and proteins needed for healing and reducing inflammation. BMAC comes from bone marrow that is removed from your pelvic bone.
- Biocartilage: Used to repair cartilage defects and degeneration, BioCartilage is a cartilage replacement procedure that provides a framework for new cartilage while stimulating tissue regrowth.
- DermACELL: Procured from donated human tissue that is carefully sterilized to prevent disease transmission, DermACELL is used to treat chronic skin wounds and ulcerations.
- Quickset: This is injectable bone cement composed of macroporous calcium phosphate. It is used to fill bone voids and stabilize bone fragments during joint repair.
- FlexiGRAFT: This organic material is demineralized cancellous sponges and cortical fibers comprised of 100% human bone. It helps to maintain the body’s natural bone architecture while speeding the healing process.
- StimuBlast: This organic collagen matrix speeds the healing process by encouraging new bone growth. It is, too, derived from 100% human bone.
- Viscoelastic and steroid supplementation: Viscoelastic supplementation and steroid injections may be recommended for arthritis, joint pain and other musculoskeletal conditions when physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other first-line treatments are not working.
- Corticosteroid injections: This is a synthetic version of cortisone that helps relieve the inflammation and pain of sports injuries and musculoskeletal damage.
- Adipose tissue: Commonly called fat cells, these tissues have outstanding regenerative and healing powers. They typically are extracted from your waist and then processed before use.
- Cartilage transplantation: The goal of this procedure is to restore articular cartilage in a damaged joint by using cartilage from another area of your body or from a donor. Articular cartilage is the white tissue that lines the ends of your bones and forms your joints. It serves as a cushion and helps your bones glide when you move.
Orthobiologics are wonderful tools. They can be used as part of the treatment of osteoarthritis, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, rotator cuff tears and more. If you would like to learn more about orthobiologics and how they might be able to help you, call us at 844.777.0910 or contact us through our website to schedule your consultation.