Orthobiologics is a groundbreaking area of regenerative medicine wherein components derived from your body are used to encourage natural healing. Our orthopedic specialists provide non-invasive orthobiologic treatments to facilitate natural tissue regeneration to reverse the effects of arthritis, inflammation, muscle sprains, and other conditions. Each procedure is individually curated according to your individual needs after a thorough evaluation and diagnosis, ensuring optimal results without incisions, surgeries, or downtime.

What are Orthobiologics?

The word “orthobiologics” is a combination of two terms — ortho and biologics. The term “ortho” refers to bones, joints, tendons, muscles, and other skeletal components, and the term “biologics” refers to substances derived naturally. As such, orthobiologics is a groundbreaking area of orthopedic medicine wherein substances derived from your body are reintroduced into the damaged tissues to facilitate natural healing and regeneration. Basically, orthobiologics speeds up your body’s ability to heal itself.

Orthobiologic substances generally include fat grafts, birth tissues, bone marrow concentrate, stem cells, and platelet-rich plasma. Out of these, platelet-rich plasmas and stem cells are the most effective autologous materials capable of healing your bones, joints, tendons, and muscles. The orthopedic specialist harvests these components from a small sample of your blood or bone marrow and injects them into the damaged tissues to facilitate natural tissue regeneration.

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Orthobiologics Can Treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Overuse injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle tears
  • Inflammation
  • Joint pain

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance derived from your blood. It contains a high concentration of platelets and growth factors, the components responsible for most of the healing and growth activities in your body. When you’re injured or bleeding, the growth factors in your body facilitate natural healing and clot formation. As such, platelet-rich plasma injections can concentrate your body’s natural healing capabilities on the damaged tissues.

The PRP therapy is extremely simple and painless. The orthopedic physician draws a small sample of your blood via a syringe. Your blood sample is placed in a centrifuge, where it’s spun to isolate the platelet-rich plasmas. Finally, the purified platelet-rich plasmas with a high concentration of growth factors are injected into the damaged joints and tissues. This technique concentrates the growth factors’ healing capabilities on the damaged joints, facilitating natural healing.

Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy, also known as bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC), involves using stem cells derived from the bone marrow to stimulate tissue regeneration. The bone marrow is usually harvested from the patient’s pelvis and spun in a centrifuge to ensure the stem cell fraction is concentrated. It’s important to spin the stem cell in a centrifuge because a high concentration of stem cells is linked to better results.

When injected into the targeted areas with joint injuries and damage, the stem cells improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, and facilitate natural tissue regeneration. Over time, the stem cells can heal and restore the damaged intervertebral discs, cartilages, bones, ligaments, tendons, or muscles. As such, this procedure is suitable for patients with tendon injuries, minor fractures, muscle strains, and osteoarthritis. The procedure usually concludes within an hour or two.

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Schedule an Appointment

Movement Orthopaedic Institute is a state-of-the-art medical center specializing in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. We always start our personalized treatments with non-invasive and non-surgical treatments, such as physical therapy, medications, and rest. Orthobiologics is an essential component of non-invasive care because it allows your body to heal itself using materials derived from your body. Please schedule an appointment to explore your orthobiologic treatment options in the Houston area.

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