Using the body’s own healing mechanisms to treat spine conditions.
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.
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. The Ohio State Comprehensive Spine Center 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.