Regenerative medicine - a production subset of biologics - is one of the fastest-growing biomedical industries in the world. “Biologics” refers to medical treatment products that are a) designed to treat tissue, cells, and molecules, and b) made with a biological base (i.e. growth factors). Biologics are currently at the center of many orthopaedic care plans due to their ability to support tissue repair and regeneration. These abilities are why these care tools are also available through Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness.
At Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness, we strive to help families address orthopaedic health issues. Dr. Prisk of Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who is trained in evaluating musculoskeletal conditions throughout the entire body. His evaluations can focus on joint, bone, tendon, ligament, or muscular pain or injury, and his care methods can involve conservative or operative treatments, in addition to regenerative medicine
To discuss your individual care needs and treatment options, please contact Dr. Prisk at (412) 525-7692 or submit an online appointment request form.
This type of medicine involves the use of some in-depth terminology. Some of those terms include the following:
One of the most highly touted benefits of regenerative medicine and biologics therapy is its potential for repair and regeneration. This characteristic is in stark contrast to steroid injections, which have a strong anti-inflammatory effect but do not repair or regenerate, and in some cases can actually lead to tissue degeneration.
That depends. In our experience, patients seeking an alternative to surgical treatment for early to mid-stages of arthritis or for certain joint or soft tissue injuries may be candidates for BMAC and/or PRP therapy. PRP in particular can be beneficially used for:
The effects of regenerative medicine in regrowing cartilage makes it an excellent option for patients between 20-30 years of age whose symptoms stem from cartilage wear and tear. Dr. Prisk has spoken publicly about the successful results we’ve found using BMAC to regrow patients’ cartilage in cases that seemed exceptionally difficult to heal.
When evaluating your care options, you will also need to consider whether or not you as a candidate for regenerative medicine. For example, patients with severe arthritis are generally considered to be beyond the point of responding to biologics therapy. Patients with active malignancy (cancer), infection, blood disorders, or certain chronic medical conditions should also avoid these therapies. Finally, an elevated body mass index may be prohibitive toward obtaining marrow from the pelvis.
Many patients who are considering regenerative medicine are deciding between it and surgery. BMAC and PRP therapy are minimally invasive and relatively low risk compared to surgery, making them an attractive option to many patients. In addition to listening to the advice of your doctor while making your decision, it’s worth remembering that you can always fall back on surgery if these biologic therapies fail to alleviate symptoms and/or improve function.
Unfortunately, insurance plans (other than workman's compensation) do not cover this service. However, we have ensured that our pricing is as affordable as possible for this particular care method
For PRP therapy, Dr. Prisk currently uses the Arthrex ACP platelet-rich plasma system at Prisk Orthopaedics and Wellness. The Arthrex ACP System is an FDA Cleared medical device, and can be operated at a Price of $500 per treatment. This is the lowest cost available in Pittsburgh for this type of care.
A BMAC procedure is $3000, and is scheduled in the office or the operating room as desired.
Please contact us at (412) 525-7692 or submit an online appointment request form if you have any questions.