Biologics therapy is a relatively new area in orthopedics, but it’s growing quickly and becoming more and more popular. J. Michael Bennett, MD, PA is a leader in the field of biologics and uses it as a complement to your shoulder, knee, elbow, hand, or other musculoskeletal treatment. Here, he answers some of the top questions about biologics and why it’s such an innovative and exciting solution to help you heal from within.
What are biologics?
Biologics are products that originate from living organisms, such as animals, humans, or microorganisms. Dr. Bennett uses biologics to help your body accelerate the healing process when you’ve injured your tendons, muscles, joints, or soft tissues.
Biologics work with your body, capitalizing on your innate ability to self-repair and minimizing the need for surgery or other invasive solutions. For instance, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, a leading form of biologics, relieves pain in damaged joints and restores range of motion, while your body works to regenerate new soft tissues.
What problems are treated with biologics?
Biologics are used for a range of health conditions, such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Human papillomavirus prevention
- Cystic fibrosis
Dr. Bennett specializes in treating your orthopedic conditions with the least invasive means possible. He uses biologics to treat:
- Cartilage damage
- Achilles tendonitis
- Ligament tears
- Rotator cuff repairs
- Knee osteoarthritis
These are just a few of the conditions that respond well to biologics. Talk to Dr. Bennett about your specific concerns so he can develop a biologic treatment plan to suit your needs and goals.
How are biologics administered?
Biologics are comprised of proteins that are quickly absorbed by your body. Therefore, the best method to administer them is through infusion or injections. At our offices in Sugar Land and Houston, Texas, Dr. Bennett prefers biologics that he sources from your blood or bone marrow, fat cells, ligaments, skin, or tissue. He then injects it back into your body. Since it’s made from your own body, there’s minimal risk of rejection, and the complications are minimal. You may have redness and soreness at the injection site, but it’s mild and dissipates in a day or two.
Biologics therapy is an exciting, new, natural remedy for musculoskeletal injuries and disease. Dr. Bennett specializes in this innovative and promising therapy and looks forward to seeing how it can help you. If you need pain relief or help speeding up the repair of an injury, call the office closest to you or book a consultation online.