New: Orthobiologic treatments for orthopedic conditions

Mon, Dec 24, 2018

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A relatively new treatment option at Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic offers hope to people who have long struggled with chronic orthopedic conditions.


Orthobiologic therapy, also known as regenerative medicine, essentially uses the body’s natural properties to initiate a healing response to help ease pain and improve function. It’s exciting news for people with both acute and chronic orthopedic conditions, says Dr. Ryan Woods of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine BayCare Clinic in Green Bay, Wisconsin.


Woods, a fellowship-trained non-operative sports medicine physician, offers these orthobiologic based treatments. They are for people who have exhausted all other orthopedic treatment options with little or no relief.


“This is a relatively new treatment we can use in the orthopedic world to treat chronic conditions like joint arthritis, tendinitis, ligament injuries and more,” he says. “Current literature shows that these therapies are safe, non-surgical, alternative options that improve pain and function in patients with degenerative orthopedic conditions.”


Woods offers two main orthobiologic therapy options: Platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate concentrate.


The platelet-rich plasma option uses “our own blood platelets to initiate and modulate an inflammatory/recovery process through the use of growth factors and chemical signals released by the platelets,” Woods says.


The process involves a blood draw. A centrifuge is then used to isolate and concentrate the platelets which are injected into the area of concern. This can be used alone or in concert with the bone marrow aspirate concentrate treatment for specific orthopedic conditions.



The bone marrow aspirate concentrate option is considered “a true cell-based therapy,” Woods says.


The procedure harvests live cells from a patient’s body, typically from the back of the pelvis. The cells are processed in a centrifuge machine which separates the bone marrow aspirate from the cell layer. This cell layer contains a variety of cells including cells that have the potential to modulate inflammation and differentiate into specific cell types. This separated material is then injected into the problem area.


Each procedure is done in the office under local anesthesia. All are ultrasound-guided “to ensure injection accuracy,” Woods says.


Treatments take between one and two hours.


“The regenerative medicine field is an up-and-coming field,” Woods says. “To date, the literature has shown that these options are safe and have been shown to improve pain and function in patients with a number of chronic orthopedic conditions.”


The treatments are not covered by insurance.


Dr. Ryan Woods is a fellowship-trained sports medicine physician with BayCare Clinic in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has special interest in ultrasound-guided procedures and regenerative medicine therapies. Call 877-229-2273 for more information or click here to make an online appointment.

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