Ortho-Biologics for Ligament Repair and Reconstruction
This study talks about the role of biologics in common ligament injuries. There is a significant potential with the use of biologics given it may enhance tissue healing. Biologics may provide an alternative to surgical intervention when nonoperative treatment is preferred by patients or surgeons. When biologics are used in addition to surgical intervention, there is possibility for increase bone density, volume and graft integrity. Outcomes after platelet-rich plasma (PRP) use for ligament repairs have demonstrated both positive and neutral effects. Although there are a limited number of studies, PRP use for medial collateral ligament injuries of the knee and ulnar collateral ligament injuries of the elbow have shown promising results. With more consistent results of PRP use with patient outcomes, there is a potential for a shift toward use of biologics for non-operative management of ligament injuries.