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Non-Invasive Orthopedic Treatments | Orthobiologics

Orthobiologic Therapies in Lehigh Valley, PA

For many patients whose lives have been changed by chronic pain or serious injuries, the idea that an invasive surgical procedure is on the horizon can be frightening – but advancements in orthopedics have led us to orthobiologics, an exciting, cutting-edge field that is focused on using the body’s natural abilities to accelerate recovery, minimize the necessity for invasive procedures, and, in some cases, provide an alternative to surgery.

At OAA, our Orthobiologics Institute uses orthobiologic techniques like platelet-rich plasma therapy and cellular based therapy to treat conditions from osteoarthritis and tendon injuries to ligament and muscle tears. Using your own cells to initiate a natural healing process, orthobiologics can help you restore function more quickly after surgery, or avoid the need for surgery altogether.

The team at OAA is highly experienced in utilizing these therapies to help improve patients’ outcomes. If you’re ready to discuss your options and take your first step toward relief, schedule an appointment at OAA today.
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Cutting-Edge Orthobiologic Treatments in Allentown, PA

Platelet-Rich Plasma and Cellular Based Therapy

Both PRP and cellular based therapy are becoming increasingly popular in the field of orthopedics due to their role as a non-invasive and sometimes non-surgical alternative to traditional treatment methods. But what are PRP and cellular based injections, exactly?

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses a patient's own blood to promote recovery. A sample of the patient's blood is drawn and then placed in a centrifuge, which spins the blood and separates out the platelets. The platelets are then injected back into the patient's injured area, where they release growth factors that help in your treatment.
  • Cellular Based Therapy also uses the patient's own cells, but instead of platelets, cellular based therapies are injected into the injured area. These cells can then differentiate into other types of cells, such as muscle, bone, or cartilage cells, and help to repair the damage.

Both PRP and cellular-based therapies are considered to be safe and effective ways to treat a variety of orthopedic conditions. OAA is one of the largest orthopedic specialist groups in the United States, and our Orthobiologics Institute is staffed with experienced medical professionals who are dedicated to helping improve your quality of life in the least invasive manner possible. 

If you’d like to learn more about each of these therapies in detail, visit our Platelet-Rich Plasma page or Cellular Based Therapies page right here on our website. If you’re ready to discuss your candidacy with one of our providers, schedule your first appointment with us today.

Specialists -  Orthobiologics

Jill Crosson
Allentown Office
['Family Medicine', 'Sports Medicine']
['Allentown Office', 'Bethlehem Township Office']
Michael Krafczyk
Allentown Office
Lehighton Office
['Allentown Office', 'Lehighton Office']
Robert Wertz II
Allentown Office
['Allentown Office', 'Bethlehem Township Office']

FAQs on Orthobiologics:

I’ve heard orthobiologics are somewhat inaccessible. Is that true?

No. In previous years, orthobiologic medicine has been seen as expensive and inaccessible, available only to professional athletes and the very wealthy. In fact, anyone living with injured tissues can benefit, and these procedures are now more accessible than ever.

Are orthobiologic injections painful?

The injections themselves are usually not painful, as they are done with a small needle. Some patients may experience some discomfort afterward, but this is typically minimal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

What are the risks involved in orthobiologic injections?

As with any injection, there is always a small risk of infection. There is also a small risk of nerve damage if the needle used for the injection hits a nerve. However, there are relatively few risks associated with orthobiologic injections (much fewer than surgery). Additionally, there are few reported side effects from orthobiologic injections. Some patients may experience swelling, bruising, or pain at the injection site, but this is brief and temporary in most cases.

How can I get started with the best orthobiologics specialist near me?

At OAA Orthopedic Specialists, we make it as simple as possible to take your first step toward a full, effective, long-term recovery. Just use our online tool to request an appointment, and we’ll reach out as soon as possible.