Biologic medicine is helping shape the future of orthopedic care, and Dr. Charlotte Moriarty and Ortho RI Biologics are at the leading edge of this innovative field. Biologics, sometimes referred to as regenerative medicine, are treatments that use the body’s tissue and cells to help heal and regenerate. Commonly used biologic treatments in orthopedics include platelet-rich plasma (PRP), bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC), and donated amniotic injectables.
This month, Dr. Moriarty performed a PRP injection with needle tenotomy directed at the common extensor tendon for lateral epicondylitis – a condition often referred to as tennis elbow. PRP is a concentration of platelets and growth factors created from a small amount of the patient’s own blood. These are injected to the site of the patient’s injury or chronic condition, where it may induce the release of growth factors and stimulate the repair process and speed healing.
The PRP injection for tennis elbow is currently the biologic procedure Dr. Moriarty most commonly provides, but Ortho RI Biologics also offers a broad range of innovative treatments that may help postpone or avoid joint replacement or other surgeries. While surgical options produce excellent results, the new world of biologics can offer nonsurgical alternatives to relieve pain and help patients get back to living.
Additionally, if an operative approach is best for a patient’s condition, Ortho RI Biologics offers surgical treatments that combine the innovative technology of biologics with the experience and expertise of Ortho Rhode Island surgeons.
Dr. Moriarty’s leadership in forward-looking orthopedic treatments like biologics is part of her longstanding commitment to providing first-class primary care sports medicine. Learn more about Dr. Moriarty here, and visit Ortho RI Biologics to request a consultation and find out what biologic treatments may be right for you.