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Orthobiologic treatment

At the leading edge of orthobiologic therapies

If you have an injury that hasn’t responded to traditional methods of orthopedic treatment, then you may want to consider orthobiologic therapy.

TRIA has been at the forefront of the emerging field of orthobiologics for nearly a decade, with research, education and a dedicated orthobiologics team. Orthobiologics are natural, tissue-derived compounds that have the potential to help your body heal more quickly and restore function. They’re used alongside other treatments, like physical therapy and pain management techniques, as an alternative solution to surgery for arthritis, injured muscles and many other common orthopedic pains.

Our care team can tell you more about orthobiologic treatment options and help determine if it’s a good fit for you.

What are orthobiologics?

Orthobiologics are tissue-derived compounds that are naturally found in your body. They’re made of complex carbohydrates, proteins, cells and glycoproteins. When used in higher concentrations and targeted to a specific area, they can help reduce inflammation and improve healing of broken bones or injured muscles, tendons and ligaments. The main goal of using orthobiologics is to reduce pain and improve your quality of life.

Conditions we treat

  • Arthritis
  • Inflammation
  • Knee pain
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Overuse injuries

Orthobiologics services

Our orthobiologics program offers a variety of innovative services, including nonsurgical treatment, same-day treatment and rehabilitation. Our team of doctors and physician assistants will work with you to determine the best treatment plan options.

There are a few different types of orthobiologics treatments. Each has unique benefits, depending on the type of injury or pain you’re experiencing.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) contains a high concentration of platelets and a variable amount of white blood cells (depending on your specific needs). PRP injections enhance the body’s natural ability to heal, can reduce inflammation in tendons and arthritic joints, and accelerate the repair of injured tendons and ligaments.

During this treatment, PRP is taken from your own blood and injected directly into the damaged tissue. A PRP injection is generally a quick outpatient procedure.

Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) injections

BMAC is a regenerative therapy procedure that uses cells from your own bone marrow to initiate healing for a number of orthopedic conditions, including osteoarthritis and tendon injuries. Bone marrow contains cells that have the ability to improve circulation, decrease inflammation and regenerate healthy tendon, ligament, disc and cartilage.

This outpatient procedure typically takes one to two hours. The process involves taking some of your bone marrow, concentrating the cells and reintroducing them into the injured tissues using ultrasound or X-ray guidance.

“I love to go on walks, play in the yard or the pool with my kids. Without orthobiologics, I would only be able to sit and watch. But after orthobiologic treatments, I can live an active lifestyle. It keeps me going.”

How do I know if orthobiologic therapies are right for me?

If other treatment options like anti-inflammatory medications or certain types of physical therapy have not worked for you in the past, orthobiologics might be a good option to try.

Here are some questions to consider when exploring whether orthobiologic therapies could be right for you:

  • Has physical therapy not yet provided the relief and restored function you’d expected?
  • Has bracing failed to work for you?
  • Do you have a tendon injury or arthritis?
  • Has anti-inflammatory medication failed to relieve your pain in the past?
  • Have cortisone injections failed?

If you answered yes to the above questions, you may benefit from orthobiologics. Our care team will work with you to help determine the best personalized treatment plan to help you reduce pain and get back to the activities you enjoy.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Many patients find that orthobiologics increases their quality of life by improving comfort and function. However, everyone is different, and the effectiveness of orthobiologics depends on your body’s individual response. Our care team will work with you to evaluate the success of this treatment, and you’ll have our support all along the way.

There are many potential benefits of orthobiologic therapies, including:

  • The potential to delay or avoid major invasive surgery, such as joint replacement surgery
  • Reduced inflammation and pain
  • Faster recovery time than a surgical procedure
  • Orthobiologics are natural substances found within the body, rather than drugs or chemicals

Orthobiologics provide a minimally invasive, alternative solution to surgery for many common orthopedic pains such as arthritis and injured muscles or ligaments. TRIA’s dedicated team uses orthobiologic therapies alongside other treatments, like physical therapy and pain management tools.

These procedures require a minimal time commitment and are done on an outpatient basis. Our care team is here to answer all your questions and walk through each step of the process with you.

Shorter recovery time is one of the benefits of orthobiologic therapies. Unlike a surgery, our orthobiologics services are done in the clinic and allow you to get back to your normal activities quickly.

You may experience some discomfort during the first few days after treatment, however, most patients can expect to notice improvement in two to six weeks.

Orthobiologic treatments are self-pay services, and our team at TRIA will work with you to prepay before your procedure. Here are the typical rates for our most common orthobiologic treatments.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP): $900

Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC): $4,000