Injuries, unfortunately, are a part of life. Most everyone takes a spill or breaks a bone at some point. And while some injuries heal swiftly on their own or with at-home care, others can be debilitating and lead to complications without treatment.
In some cases, however, rest, medication, and even physical therapy aren’t enough.
Board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon Dr. Stephen Fisher and his team in Cumming, Buford, and Braselton, Georgia, provide friendly, individualized injury care using cutting-edge therapies — including orthobiologics — to help you heal faster.
Take a few minutes to learn more about this treatment — including how orthobiologics work, potential benefits to look forward to, and ways we can help.
The basics of orthobiologics
When you suffer an injury, such as a fracture, strained muscle, or torn tendon, more blood flows to the injured area. That blood plays an important role in your healing process. In addition to blood, your body needs orthobiologics to heal. These substances include:
- Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC), which speeds healing using stem cells
- Growth factors, or proteins that help repair damaged cells
- Stem cells, which can turn into other types of cells that your body needs for healing
- Platelets from your blood, for reduced inflammation and enhanced healing
While your body naturally creates these substances, orthobiologics can be injected in concentrated amounts to help your injury heal more efficiently.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, for example, involves injections of the platelet-rich part of a sample of your own blood in the treatment area.
When to consider orthobiologics treatment
More research is needed, but orthobiologics have shown promise for common ailments, including rotator cuff and tendon injuries. And a 2021 study showed that PRP therapy can help fractures heal faster compared to other treatments alone.
If you’re an athlete, that could mean getting back in the game sooner.
Dr. Fisher and his team may recommend orthobiologics if you’re experiencing lasting or increasing joint pain, stiffness, or instability. Conditions we treat with orthobiologics include:
- Elbow injuries, such as tendon ruptures and sprains
- Hand and wrist conditions, such as hand arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus tears
- Shoulder injuries, such as labral tears and shoulder fractures
Orthobiologics may also work well alongside other joint preservation treatments, like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, or corrective biomechanics using orthotics and braces.
To learn more about orthobiologics or to get the injury relief you need, call one of our offices or book an appointment through our website today.
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