Orthobiologic injection-based therapy is a safe and effective alternative remedy to surgery, steroid injections and therapy for treating chronic back pain, degenerative disc disease, spinal curvatures, spine injuries and spondylolisthesis (as well as osteoarthritis and tendinopathy from Ohio State Sports Medicine). Orthobiologics are a group of treatment options that use substances naturally found in the body in an intensified concentration. They work with your body to improve symptoms and potentially restore structure and spine damage.


Getting Started

Our spine physicians will evaluate your condition and medical history to determine if orthobiologics might work for you. Patients with blood disorders and those requiring anti-inflammatory medicines may not be good candidates.

Orthobiologic treatments are an out-of-pocket expense not covered by most insurance companies. Treatments start at $650.



How It Works

Our Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) procedure starts with performing a small blood draw and isolating the platelets that contain healing proteins via a centrifuge. Ohio State Spine Care uses an advanced system which allows our physicians to customize the cell content, platelet concentration and blood volume specific to each patient’s needs. Those platelets are then injected into the problem joint or tendon. The entire process takes about 30 minutes.

Whitney Luke, MD, and Safdar Khan, MD, are spine orthobiologic experts at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. They explain the program's treatments at Ohio State and how this multidisciplinary treatment program promotes harnessing your own body’s healing potential.

Why Should You Choose Ohio State Spine Care for Orthobiologic Treatments?

Our physicians recognize and understand the pain characteristics of back conditions. This helps us develop an effective, personalized treatment plan for you. Your treatment most likely will include several options, and you will be the primary decision-maker.

Comprehensive Care: Our experts will diagnose the severity of your condition and know which approach will restore you to the highest level of function possible with the least-invasive treatment.

Investment in Innovation:
Ohio State Spine Care uses an advanced system in its procedures, allowing our physicians to customize the cell content, platelet concentration and blood volume specific to each patient’s needs. 

Expert care: Our model of care is more than just an injection, but working to improve every aspect of your joint health. This includes education, research partnerships to further advance the field of orthobiologics and the absolute best physical therapists that work to optimize your strength and function after your procedure.

Ongoing Research:
Our dedication to research provides you with the safest, most evidence-based interventions. Our research outcomes database allows us to track patient progress for up to two years to optimize treatment plans.

Our Spine Orthobiologics Doctors

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