What is Biologic Therapy?
Biologic therapy includes innovative treatments that enhance the body's natural capacity to heal. It is a type of regenerative medicine that uses various technologies to harvest the natural healing resources of the body such as stem cells, platelets and growth factors, and targets their activity towards areas that need healing. These regenerative substances are present in various tissues and are usually obtained from the bone marrow, blood and fat.
Indications for Biologic Therapy
Biologic therapy is used to treat various medical and orthopaedic ailments. It enhances the body's ability to heal injuries including broken bones, and injured muscle, tendon and ligaments. It can slow down degeneration, reduce pain, improve movement and delay the need for surgery.
The Healing Process
The healing process requires the below factors:
- Blood supply: provides a way for the healing factors to reach the injured tissue
- Matrix: building blocks for the formation of new tissues such as tendons, ligament and bone
- Growth factors: proteins that stimulate the healing process
- Stem cells: regenerative cells
Biologic therapy uses these substances in higher concentrations and injects them into the damaged tissue to initiate the healing process in a natural way.
Biologic therapy is an emerging field with a tremendous potential for growth and new applications.