An Overview on Biologic Treatment (Regenerative Medicine)
Regenerative medicine, otherwise known as biologic treatment, is changing the sports medicine area of the medical field. These fairly new concepts have the potential to help patients heal faster by repairing damaged tissue and improving joint function at a biologic level. The goal of biologic therapies is to facilitate healing, accelerate recovery, and provide for formation of more normal healing tissue. Dr. Nikhil Verma, sports medicine specialist serving patients in the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois area, is heavily involved in medical research to learn about the results of biologic treatments, as well as tracking his patients’ outcomes to learn more on how to refine and develop new therapy programs.
What Does Regenerative Medicine Treat?
Regenerative medicine is utilized in patients in an attempt to assist the natural healing process or even help the damaged tissue grow back, or regenerate. In certain areas of the body where there is a lack of blood flow, the body is unable to heal properly after a tendon injury, ligament injury or from the progression of arthritis. The areas most commonly afflicted with the inability to heal on their own are inside and around the joints. When an individual experiences an injury to the shoulder, knee or elbow and it cannot heal, biologic treatment may be successful adjuvant at alleviating pain, swelling and weakness of the joint.
Dr. Verma and his sports medicine team can treat a variety of orthopedic injuries with regenerative medicine, including:
- Tendon injuries in the shoulder, knee or elbow, including the rotator cuff, patellar tendon, tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
- Ligament injuries in the shoulder, knee or elbow, including AC sprains, MCL tears and UCL tears
- Arthritis of the shoulder, knee or elbow