Sports Medicine Benefited Through Use of Biologics
March 13, 2016
One of the biggest factors of sports medicine is finding ways to improve the healing process and speed recovery. One of the ways that innovative sport’s medicine practitioners are doing this is with the use of biologics. Biological therapy uses substances from the body to support the immune system and healing, some labeled as biological response modifiers. Using these biologics in combination with surgery and other sport’s medicine options is changing the face of this growing medical field.
How Biologics Are Used in Sport’s Medicine
When it comes to sport’s medicine, a large focus is on joint or intra-articular repair. Biologics can have a big impact on this particular segment of sport’s medicine. Biologics can be used to treat conditions or in conjunction with surgical therapies. Some of the most common biologics used in intra-articular therapies include platelet rich plasma (PRP), stem cell, viscosupplementation and Alpha-2-macroglobulin (A2M). These biologic therapies can help improve surgical options or be used separately to treat joint dysfunction and cartilage issues.
Biologics are not drugs but instead naturally occurring substances in the body that can be used to enhance healing and reduce degeneration of certain elements such as cartilage. This area of sport’s medicine is expected to grow as more research is done on the effectiveness of biological response modifiers on healing and joint repair.
If you are suffering from a sport’s related injury or chronic condition such as osteoarthritis, biologics may have marked benefits in your treatment. Learn more about these options by consulting a local sport’s medicine clinic that offers biologic options as part of their treatment plans for joint issues.
Posted on behalf of:
Ortho Sport and Spine Physicians
5730 Glenridge Drive Northeast #230
Atlanta, GA 30328