“It’s not a drug, we’re just taking your own components… You are only receiving your same cells and it all happens in the same visit.”
—Dr. Allison Schafer
Some bone, joint, tendon and ligament injuries are now treatable using what’s known as an orthobiologic approach. It’s when the patient is injected with a therapy derived from his or her own cells.
Examples of this include platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC), both of which are available at UConn Health. Dr. Allison Schafer, a nonoperative sports medicine physician in the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute, explains the process and benefits of BMAC in the latest UConn Health Pulse podcast.