Thursday, November 1, 2007
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons New Article on Biologics
"Orthobiologics" or "biologics" are quickly becoming recognized amongst the sports medicine/orthopaedic community as one of the fastest growing industries with tremendous potential. Merging our understanding of how the body heals itself with cutting edge modern technology, we are developing exciting alternatives to standard care.
In the Sept 07 AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) Now Magazine, there was an article discussing this very subject matter. "Biologics in sports medicine: from BMPs to bone formation."
The article describes this Field of "biologics" and cell based therapies to create new approaches to treating old injuries. Tems introduced include BMP (bone Morphogenic Protein and mesenchymal stem cells). These may be paramount to facilitating healing in various injuries including rotator cuff cuff tears in the shoulder and knee arthritis and meniscal tears. As the community of "babyboomers" and recreational ahletes grow, we are seeing younger patients with cartilage injuries that are too young (<60) years for knee replacements. Thus biologic solutions provide promise in this population base.
At my practice, Santa Monica Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group we are beginning to treat patients with knee arthritis with a series of PRP injections. I have been corresponding with Physicians from Bologna Italy to learn from their early experiences as well. There is a link to their data on my blog. We are conducting outcome studies on the many patients we have injected for various injuries. Furthermore we hope to perform a knee arthritis PRP study in the near future. In general we are seeing tremendous outcomes in patients that have failed conservative treatments and were considering surgery or activity modification.