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Regenerative Orthopedics and Biologic Therapies at Wellington

Current technology in Orthopedics utilizes growth factors or a patient's own stem cells. It is one of the fastest-growing areas of Orthopedic research and utilized in carefully selected patients at Wellington Orthopedics. 

Definitions 

Stem Cells - refers to a collection of cells that possess the ability to “turn into” various cell lines such as cartilage, bone, or muscle after exposure to growth factors and are at the core of healing within our body. Common sources of such cells include bone marrow (most commonly from the pelvis) and subcutaneous fat. 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) - is defined as growth factors that stimulate healing through multiple mechanisms including the recruitment and stimulation of stem cells. PRP carries a distinct advantage of relatively easy harvest from a simple blood draw and subsequent centrifuge to extract the platelets. The growth factors are then released from storage within the platelets into the site of injury. 

Uses 

Presently, the uses of stem cells and PRP are widespread and expanding. Generally, these therapies are indicated in circumstances in which augmentation or amplification of the healing process is required. Examples of this include: high-grade muscle injuries, tendon injuries demonstrating a limited regenerative response, and failed healing of bone. 

Research in the area of Regenerative Orthopedics is exciting, promising, and constantly emerging. Trust that the physicians of Wellington Orthopedics are consistently reviewing the literature, attending meetings, and remaining abreast of the latest advances to offer the most effective and appropriate treatments supported by evidence. 

Consider consultation with one of the experts at Wellington Orthopedics to discuss your specific case and possible treatment options if needed. Please check back in this space for further information on Regenerative therapies specifically for Rotator Cuff disease and Osteoarthritis

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