Biotherapy for Sports Injuries
Biotherapy, also called biological therapy, is a cutting-edge medical approach that harnesses the power of your body’s own immune system. It’s an exciting new field, with promising results in treating rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, cancer, and orthopedic pain. Biological therapy can be designed to heal injuries in tendons, joints, and musculoskeletal soft tissues.
As a treatment for sports injuries, biological therapies are remarkably effective. Biological therapies can restore damaged tissues within the body, and eliminate pain at its source and heal the injury.
Biological therapy offers an alternative to surgery and traditional pain management. It enhances the body’s ability to heal using your platelets and stem cells to repair muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. This treatment option is low-risk and minimally invasive.
What is Biological Therapy?
Biological therapy is also called immunotherapy, biological response modifier therapy, or biotherapy. It uses the body’s immune system to fight types of cancer to attack cancer cells and also used to treat other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, cancer, and orthopedic pain.
Your immune system includes your spleen, lymph nodes, tonsils, bone marrow, and white blood cells (such as t cells). These help to protect you from getting infections and diseases. When your immune system works the way it should, it can tell the difference between “good” cells that keep you healthy and “bad” cells that make you sick.
Biological therapy for injuries such as joint injuries, arthritis, tendonitis count on “good” cells to promote the healing process, reducing recovery time and the risk of invasive surgical treatments.
The immune system cells, antibodies, and organs work to protect and defend the body against foreign invaders, such as bacteria or viruses. Healthcare providers and researchers have found that the immune system might also be able to both determine the difference between healthy cells and cancer cells in the body and to eliminate the cancer cells. Biological therapy for cancer is a very active area of cancer research for cancer treatment and cancer care.
Biological therapy is a targeted treatment that uses substances naturally produced in your body to accelerate healing. These substances are called Biological Response Modifiers (BRMs).
Low levels of BRMs are produced when your immune system responds to a threat. The BRMs are circulated through the bloodstream to either enhance or suppress a natural immune response.
Biological therapy turbo-charges this process. We take fluids from your body and process them in them in a lab, to heighten the concentration of BRMs. The highly-concentrated compounds are then re-injected into the damaged area. The injection stimulates your natural immune response and jumpstarts the healing process.
Side Effects of Biological Therapy
As each person’s medical profile and diagnosis is different, so is his or her reaction to treatment. Side effects may be severe, mild, or absent. Nuvo pain specialist will discuss and advise on any or all possible side effects of treatment before the treatment begins.
Other side effects of cancer treatment, such as biological therapy to fight cancer and limit the cancer cell growth, may include a rash or swelling at the injection site. It can be associated with low blood pressure and may require close monitoring. Monoclonal antibodies sometimes cause allergic reactions during the treatment or infusion.
While side effects of biological therapies for cancer typically include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and fatigue (much like flu-like symptoms), biological treatments for sports and wear-and-tear injuries used by Nuvo for sports injuries have proven to be safe, effective and with very little to no adverse side effects.
Types of Biological Therapy
Biological therapies have been revolutionary in the field of sports medicine. This type of biological therapy is also called “orthobiologics.” Orthobiologics can be astoundingly effective in healing those tricky joint, tendon, and ligament injuries that keep athletes on the sidelines.
Sports-related injuries among professional and recreational athletes are more often than not and the athletes demand quick diagnosis and a quick return to pre-injury level of sporting activities. Orthobiologics are used to improve the healing of fractured bones and injured muscles, tendons and ligaments and are derived from substances that are naturally found in the body.
We specialize in three types of biotherapy treatments:
- Stem Cell Therapy from Bone Marrow
- Stem Cell Therapy from Adipose (Fat) Tissue
- Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
These procedures are safe, effective, and FDA-approved for sports injuries and other orthopedic diseases treatments. Learn more about each of these innovative procedures by clicking the links above.
What Injuries can Biotherapy Treat?
Biological therapy is a safe and effective treatment for conditions such as:
- Hip Arthritis
- Shoulder Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Elbow Injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Ankle injuries
Soft tissue injuries can nag at you for months, or even years after the onset. Biotherapy is a type of treatment with minimal side effects that can speed up the healing process, getting you back on the trail, track, roads or slopes faster, and with fewer chances of re-injury. It can also serve as a healing enhancer for more traditional treatments, such as surgical tendon repair or ligament reconstruction.
Biotherapy can speed up the process, getting you back on the trail, track, roads, or slopes faster, and with fewer chances of re-injury. It can also serve as an enhancer for more traditional treatments, such as surgical tendon repair or ligament reconstruction.
Call Nuvo Spine for a Sports Injury Consultation
If you have a lingering sports injury, call our offices today and ask about biological therapy. When you meet with our award-winning pain specialist, you will receive a thorough exam and an expert opinion on biological therapy and what these advanced healing techniques can do for you. Call Nuvo Spine, and finally, put your pain to rest.
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