You may have heard about biologics and how these have revolutionized the field of medicine, especially orthopedic medicine. However, do you know what makes a wide range of products (vaccines, blood and blood components, somatic cells, and therapeutic proteins) collectively called biologics unique?
Let’s discuss some common facts about biologics that make them unique and where you can go in Austin to benefit from biologics for your orthopedic condition.
Biologics Comes from Natural Sources
Unlike many pharmaceutical drugs made from non-natural sources, biologics are derived (directly or indirectly) from natural sources – humans, animals, and microorganisms.
Because of their derivation from organic sources, biologics itself can be a living entity, such as cells and tissues, or can be composed of sugar, proteins, nucleic acid, and a combination of these or other substances.
For instance, platelet-rich plasma obtained from human blood consists of cells (platelets) and other blood components.
Biologics Treat Injuries in A Naturally Way
Since biologics, such as platelet-rich plasma and stem cells, are obtained from the patient’s own body, these heal the injuries and wear and tear of the joints in a natural way.
For example, the stem cells that are injected into damaged or injured body parts substitute the injured cells – because of their ability to be converted into any cells your body needs. This way, stem cells allow healing in a natural way.
Similarly, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy kick-starts your body’s existing healing mechanism. The blood components of PRP therapy stimulate the natural healing process in many orthopedic conditions, such as Achilles tendinitis, carpel tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and osteoarthritis of shoulders, knees, and hips.
Biologics Are Safe
Unlike other treatments, such as medications and injections, which come with many side effects, biologics are safe to use –primarily because it uses the components of the patient’s own body. Plus, no other foreign chemical is added to PRP or stem cells during the therapy, but when added, it is made sure that the chemical is hypoallergenic and does not carry any risk for side effects.
Moreover, the patients are also screened to determine their candidacy for PRP therapy and stem cell therapy before administering the therapy.
Biologics in Hartford and Tolland Counties, CT & Springfield, MA
If you have an orthopedic injury or condition and want to boost healing and recover quickly, consider biologics. At All-Star Orthopedics, our highly qualified and board-certified orthopedic surgeons offer platelet-rich plasma therapy, stem cell therapy, viscosupplementation, and nonsurgical and surgical treatment to enjoy the best possible outcomes sooner.
If you would like to make an appointment with our doctors, call us today at (512) 346-4933 or use our online request form.