What are orthobiologics?
Orthobiologics are natural tissue-derived products made of up complex carbohydrates, proteins, cells and glycoproteins. These are substances that are naturally found in your body. When used in higher concentrations, they can help reduce inflammation and improve healing of broken bones or injured muscles, tendons and ligaments. The main goal of orthobiologics is to reduce pain and improve quality of life.
What is orthobiologic therapy like at TRIA?
Orthobiologics provide a minimally invasive, alternative solution to surgery for many common orthopedic pains such as arthritis, injured muscles or ligaments. TRIA’s dedicated team uses orthobiologic therapies alongside other treatments such as physical therapy and pain management tools.
How do I know if orthobiologic therapies are right for me?
If other options like physical therapy, bracing or anti-inflammatory medications have not worked for you in the past, orthobiologics might be a great fit for you.
Here are some questions to consider to find out if orthobiologic therapies are right for you:
- Has physical therapy failed to help relieve pain and restore function?
- Has bracing failed to work for you?
- Do you have a tendon injury or arthritis?
- Has anti-inflammatory medication failed to relieve your pain in the past?
- Have cortisone injections failed?
If you have answered yes to the above questions, you may benefit from orthobiologics. Our care team will work with you to help determine the best course of action for your individualized care.
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What’s the difference between BMAC, PRP, and PTMT?
There are a few different types of orthobiologics treatments, each with unique benefits depending on the type of injury or pain.
- BMAC (Bone marrow aspirate concentrate) Bone marrow aspirate concentrate is a regenerative therapy procedure that uses cells from a patient’s bone marrow to initiate healing for a number of orthopedic conditions, including osteoarthritis and tendon injuries. Bone marrow contains cells that have the ability to improve circulation, decrease inflammation and regenerate healthy tendon, ligament, disc and cartilage. This procedure takes about one to two hours. The process aspirates a patient’s bone marrow, concentrates the cells and reintroduces them into the injured tissues using ultrasound or x-ray guidance.
- PRP (platelet rich plasma) PRP contains a high concentration of platelets and a variable amount of white blood cells (depending on the application). These enhance the body’s natural ability to heal, can reduce inflammation in tendons and arthritic joints, and accelerate the repair of damaged tendons and ligaments. In this treatment, PRP is obtained from your blood and injected directly into the damaged tissue. It is generally a quick, outpatient procedure.
- PTMT (Placental Tissue Matrix therapy) Placental tissue matrix injections, also called PTM injections, use placental tissue collected after a healthy, planned cesarean birth. Placental connective tissue matrix is used to supplement or replace damaged or inadequate connective tissue. Placental tissue helps decrease inflammation and promote healing because it contains amniotic cells. In this type of treatment, doctors inject a tiny amount of the placental connective tissue matrix into the area. This is an option for many common pains such as heel pain.
Do orthobiologic therapies work and what are the benefits?
Many patients find that orthobiologics increases their quality of life by improving comfort and function. However, every body is different, and the effectiveness of orthobiologics depends on the body’s individual response. Our care team will work with you to evaluate this treatment alongside you each step of the way.
There are many potential benefits of orthobiologic therapies, including:
- The potential to delay or avoid major invasive surgery, such as joint replacement surgery.
- Reduced inflammation and pain
- Faster recovery time than a major surgical procedure.
- Depending on which therapy is used, treatment may be performed in the office as an outpatient procedure.
- Orthobiologics are natural substances found within the body rather than drugs or chemicals
What can I expect following treatment?
Shorter recovery time is one of the benefits to orthobiologic therapies. Unlike a major surgery, our orthobiologics services are done in clinic and allow you to quickly resume normal activities.
You may experience some discomfort for a few days after treatment. However, most patients can expect to experience improvement in two to six weeks.
What is the cost of treatment?