What Are Orthobiologics?

Cortisone injections for orthopedic conditions and injuries have long been favored by doctors, and they still fill an important role in treating pain. However, an innovative new line of treatment is proving to be a game-changer for patients by reducing inflammation in swollen joints and promoting speedy healing: orthobiologics.

Our team at Ani Medical Group has embraced this line of treatment wholeheartedly, not only because its benefits are proven, but because we’ve seen great success with our own patients who have received orthobiologics-based treatment. 

Dr. Nasser Ani and Dr. Ian Hersh use orthobiologic treatment for allover orthopedic and spine pain and inflammation, and foot and ankle issues, respectively. 

How do orthobiologics work?

Orthobiologics harness your body’s own healing abilities and pump them up to even more impressive levels. Our bodies produce growth factors that encourage cells to multiply, while the  signaling cells in our tissues — better known as stem cells — can be gathered, reconstituted, and directed toward tissue that’s damaged or worn to:

Your own stem cells and growth factors are harvested from your fat, bone marrow, and blood. These regenerative medicine breakthroughs allow us to treat countless conditions efficiently, painlessly, and with minimal invasiveness. 

How are orthobiologics agents harvested?

We obtain these valuable healing agents through several methods. 

The cells that we get from adipose tissue, or fat, are removed during a simple non-invasive procedure that involves your doctor making a minute incision in your lower abdomen and extracting them. The adipose-derived stem cell concentrate (ADSC for short) is rich in agents that boost healing and repair of tissue and lower inflammation, an essential combination required for true healing. 

Another orthobiologics treatment method is platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), which involves getting a small blood sample from you. We then place it in a device called a centrifuge, where it is spun and reconstituted. The result is a healing “liquid gold” of sorts that we reinject into your targeted treatment area. 

Finally, bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) is collected through a tiny hole in your pelvic bone and again spun so it becomes a concentrate. Then we reinject it into your problematic tissues to heal them. 

What conditions can orthobiologics treat?

We’re so amazed by the current capabilities of orthobiologics and hopeful about future applications that we sometimes contextualize this area of treatment by asking, “What conditions can’t orthobiologics treat? 

The Ani Medical Group treats patients challenged by everything from tennis elbow and painful plantar fasciitis to arthritis-induced knee, hip, and shoulder pain, rotator cuff and ACL tears, and discomfort brought on by fractures. 

Not only have orthobiologics been shown to relieve arthritis pain longer than other treatment modalities, but they also heal muscles, the tendons that connect your muscle to your bone, and your ligaments, which connect bones to other bones and support your joints overall. 

No matter what problem you’re faced with, our medical team will create a completely customized treatment plan designed only for you. Orthobiologics may very well be the most important form of treatment we prescribe, and it may even postpone or negate the need for surgery. 

Orthobiologics isn’t covered by insurance — yet

Although we’re well aware of the impressive results we see from orthobiologics, insurance companies have yet to cover them. That said, we feel the benefits of these treatments often can’t wait. We hope that orthobiologics treatments will be covered by insurance and deemed medically necessary sooner rather than later. 

Our physicians are highly experienced in prescribing orthobiologics to patients with diverse needs and are eager to share their knowledge. Call our Hazlet or Old Bridge office to schedule a consultation or reach out to us on our website

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