The use of biologics with the goal of regenerating various tissue in the body is a new and exciting field. Dr. Lai provides application of biologics to the shoulder, elbow, and knee for conditions backed by scientific research.

Orthobiologics, which include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), have been shown to have a proven benefit for patients suffering from lateral epicondylitis, Achilles tendinitis, and other tendinopathies. PRP has also been shown to have a significant benefit for patients with mild osteoarthritis.

Current research does not support regrowth and regeneration of joint cartilage with today’s techniques. There may be benefit of stem cells and PRP in the setting of operative intervention. Dr. Lai will discuss with each patient on a case by case basis regarding the risks and benefits of adding biologic therapy to the surgery.