What are Biologic Treatments?

What are Biologics

Biologic treatments are used by holistic medical specialists to stimulate your body’s inherent ability to heal itself. The products used are regulated by the FDA under 21 CFR 1271 within the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research department. The products are considered to be human transplant tissues and regulated as biologics.

Biologic Treatments may be used with:

  • Alternative to Joint Replacement
  • Meniscus and labral tears
  • Joint degeneration from arthritis
  • Ligament, muscle and tendon tears
  • Cartilage wear and tear
  • Sprains and strains
  • Rotator cuff damage

Regeneration-Focused Treatment

Regeneration-focused treatment is the use of biologics like human tissue products to heal through regeneration to help restore function. These products are considered safe since they are natural, unlike medications that can have serious side effects. “Regenerative medicine may be defined as the process of replacing or regenerating human… tissues… to restore or establish normal function” –American Association of Blood Banks

AMG - Human Cell & Tissue BiologicsTypes of Biologic Treatments

There are various products used in the HCTB field of medicine. There are two sources of biologics, autologous (derived from you) and allogeneic (donated by someone else).

Autologous Sources:

  • PRP (platelet-rich plasma)- PRP is the use of your own blood to help your body accelerate healing and repair. First, a small amount of blood is drawn and then placed into a centrifuge to spin at a high rate. Spinning separates your blood into layers, so we can isolate your platelets. Platelets are rich with cytokines and growth factors, which help you heal. Growth factors are signaling proteins that stimulate growth, differentiation, survival, inflammation, and tissue repair.

Typical Conditions PRP Can Help:

      1. Rotator cuffs
      2. Plantar fasciitis
      3. Tennis elbow
      4. Golfer’s elbow
      5. Muscle strain
      6. Tendonitis
      7. Mild cartilage damage
  • Bone Marrow – Extracting your bone marrow can be painful, however, your bone marrow can help with healing and tissue regeneration. Bone marrow transplants have been used for decades, helping people with various cancers such as leukemia. For personal use, to regenerate and repair damaged joint tissues, your own bone marrow is harvested with a surgical drilling technique, and then injected into your damaged joint for tissue repair and regeneration.
  • Adipose – Your adipose (body fat) can help with tissue repair and healing. Using a liposuction technique, your fat is extracted and spun in a centrifuge.

Allogeneic Products:

  • Exosomes – Exosomes are biological molecules responsible for communication telling the body to heal after damage or injury. They are like messengers, making your body aware of problems so that your body can respond. 1cc of umbilical cord tissue contains billions of exosomes.
  • Umbilical Cord Tissue – Human placental tissues are rich in regenerative molecules. Umbilical tissue helps the immune system, regeneration of tissues, and organs, and reduces inflammation. Of all biologic treatments, umbilical cord tissue has the greatest capacity for healing and repair.

Typical Conditions Umbilical Cord Tissue Can Help:

    1. Cartilage damage or loss
    2. Ligament damage or tears
    3. Arthritis damage
    4. Labral tears, labrum damage
    5. Meniscal tears, meniscus damage
    6. Degeneration
    7. Neuropathy, sciatica, nerve damage

Frequently Asked Questions about Biologic Treatment Options

Are Biologic Treatments Safe?

Biologic treatments are considered safe, since they are substances occurring naturally in our bodies. Placental tissues come from healthy women with informed consent and no woman or baby is harmed or at risk from collecting the healing tissues. The tissues are regulated by the FDA under 21 CFR 1271 within the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research department. Additionally, Aligned Medical Group only uses products that abide by the American Association of Tissue Banks, Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Current Good Tissue Practice, and International Organization for Standardization.

Biologic Treatments are a Great Option for Connective Tissue Injuries

Soft-tissue damage and injuries to connective tissues like cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons can be treated with biologic treatments. Common connective tissue problems include tendonitis, bursitis, and sprains. Initial treatment for these injuries includes RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). If this treatment is ineffective, or if symptoms persist, make an appointment at Aligned Medical Group for an evaluation.

Conditions We Help at Aligned Medical Group

  • Nerve damage, nerve pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Cartilage damage / arthritis
  • Damaged, torn ligaments and tendons
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Meniscus and labral tears
  • Scar tissue and adhesions

Are They Covered by Insurance?

There are no insurances covering biologic treatments for orthopedic use. Pricing varies, depending on which type (or types) are used. Our office provides various financing options, so most patients are able to afford our regenerative services.

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