Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgeons & Hand and Upper Extremity located in Fredericksburg, TX & Boerne, TX

Cutting-edge scientific research and innovative natural healing methods come together in ortho-biologics treatments. At Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Fredericksburg and Boerne, Texas, the orthopedic medicine experts use ortho-biologics to treat a wide range of conditions, ranging from arthritis to sports injuries, without surgery. Use the online scheduler or call the office nearest you to book your appointment now.

Ortho-biologics Q & A

What are ortho-biologics?

Ortho-biologic treatments promote the natural healing of damaged joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These treatments come from blood and other substances that you already produce naturally, but they're specially treated and concentrated to maximize your body's regenerative response.

There are two main types of ortho-biologics treatments, including:

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

PRP injections include enhanced amounts of platelets that are taken from your own blood. Those platelets contain growth factors, powerful proteins that trigger healing. 

Because PRP injections include concentrated platelets, they can give you up to 10 times the local growth factors you'd normally have.

Stem cells

Stem cells are the basis of all of the cells in your body. They produce all of the specialized cells you need to grow every specific kind of tissue in your body. 

Stem cells can become anything — and that's important when you have any kind of tissue damage. If you have stem cells at the site of an injury, they'll morph into the exact kind of cells you need to repair the damage. 

There are several sources for stem cells, including your own bone marrow, fat, or blood and umbilical cord donor cells. 

All ortho-biologics are natural substances, but some synthetic substances can mimic the effects of ortho-biologics. For example, bone morphogenetic proteins can mimic natural proteins in bone healing. 

How do ortho-biologics help me heal?

The best way to understand how ortho-biologics work is to think of how your body heals naturally. 

After an injury, for example a cut, you bleed quite a bit. Your blood delivers oxygen and growth factors to the tissue to start blood clotting and begin the tissue repair process, and your body sends stem cells to the injury to build new tissue. 

Ortho-biologic treatments are a supercharged version of your body's natural injury response in which you get a greatly increased amount of those natural healing substances concentrated around your damaged area.

What conditions can ortho-biologics treat?

Ortho-biologics can treat a number of musculoskeletal conditions, with just a few of its most popular uses including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Ligament injuries
  • Tendon injuries
  • Cartilage injuries

In some cases, ortho-biologic treatments may even be part of surgery. For example, surgeons may use ortho-biologics to help bone fractures heal. 

The field of ortho-biologics is constantly advancing, offering new and exciting possibilities for healing more efficiently all the time. The Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine experts stay at the front of their field, always offering the best ways to recover and achieve optimal function. 

To learn more about how ortho-biologics can help you, call the Texas Hill Country Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine nearest you or click the provided booking link now.