Orthobiologics (including platelet-rich plasma therapy and stem cell therapy) helps to heal injuries, both acute and chronic, by restoring the structure and function of damaged tissues. At OAA, our Orthobiologics Institute uses these techniques to treat conditions from osteoarthritis and tendon injuries to ligament and muscle tears. Using your own tissue to initiate a natural healing process, Orthobiologics can help you restore function, heal more quickly after surgery, or avoid the need for surgery altogether.
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Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a Orthobiologics treatment option that uses components of your body’s own blood cells to help relieve pain and accelerate healing. Your Orthobiologics specialist will obtain PRP through a simple blood draw, then put in a centrifuge that separates the platelet-rich part of your blood.
Once your specialist has separated the platelets, they will then inject the platelets back into your affected tendon, joint, or ligament. The platelet-rich plasma injection contains natural growth factors that will then aid in the process of healing from your injury or condition.
No. While the team at OAA does provide stem cell therapy alongside PRP, these are two separate types of Orthobiologics. Stem cell therapy is an alternative Orthobiologics treatment option that uses stem cells from your body’s bone marrow to help relieve pain and accelerate healing. To date, stem cell therapy has been recognized by the global medical community as the biggest breakthrough in natural healing. OAA’s Orthobiologics Institute will usually recommend stem cell therapy for patients looking to repair damage to cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.
During stem cell therapy, your Orthobiologics specialist will remove stem cells from bone marrow and inject them into areas with damaged tissue. Your body naturally uses its bone marrow stem cells to heal injuries and to help rebuild joints affected by degenerative joint disease. OAA’s Orthobiologics Institute boosts the body’s healing process by harvesting stem cells from your pelvis and injecting them directly into the affected area. This procedure helps generate new healthy tissue and accelerates the healing process. This procedure is performed in our office in a sterile environment using local anesthesia and ultrasound guidance to ensure comfort and accuracy.
Exosomes are particles that are naturally-released from stem cells. Exosome Therapy is a type of stem cell therapy used to treat orthopedic injuries, chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other conditions.
No. In fact, both PRP and stem cell therapies are becoming increasingly popular due to their non-invasive, non-surgical approach. PRP in osteoarthritis treatment is common, and it is gaining particular traction in sports medicine communities.
In some scenarios, your doctor might also recommend fat grafting in conjunction with your Orthobiologics therapy. Depending on your condition and site of injury, fat cells may help platelet-rich plasma and stem cells adhere to and help activate your healing cascade. Using a special device, your doctor will remove fat tissue from an area of your body where it is stored easily, such as the abdomen. This tissue is then injected into the affected area with the platelet-rich plasma to help enable the opportunity for natural healing and pain relief.