Regenerative Medicine

St. Charles Orthopedics regenerative medicine program offers cutting edge treatment options in orthobiologics for patients who desire to return to sport/life.

Introduction

Orthobiologics is used to describe regenerative agents used to treat orthopedic and musculoskeletal disorders. This includes PRP (platelet rich plasma) and BMAC (bone marrow aspirate concentrate).

Orthobiologics, such as PRP and BMAC, can be used to treat a diverse range of orthopedic and sports injuries, both acute and chronic. This includes potentially repairing damaged tissues such as muscle, tendons, ligaments and cartilage, as well as reducing osteoarthritic pain and improving function.

Our bodies have an innate ability to heal themselves, but conventional medicine has traditionally been aimed at rushing this process, leading to a suboptimal repair. What we now realize, is that with a little redirection, we can queue the body to do what it is designed to do.

This is accomplished by taking the healing growth factors which naturally exist in our body’s blood and bone marrow, concentrating them and placing them in the injured area. The cells then change the environment into one which optimizes healing with a more native cell type. Of course, the concentration of the different types of cells must be carefully determined by the regenerative medicine specialist, as each location and type of injury requires specific formulation.

What I love about orthobiologics is that it offers the patient an opportunity to gain back the quality of life they had prior to injury. Whether its playing professional sports, or hide and seek with the grandkids, everyone’s goal is equally important. Understanding there is no, “one size fits all” treatment, each plan is tailored to meet the need of each individual patient.

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