the body can heal and regenerate injuries, isn’t it? This
becomes most apparent in orthopaedic injuries and diseases.
Through biotechnology, our understanding of the biological
processes in bones, joints and muscles has improved enormously
in the recent past. By applying this knowledge, we can develop
completely new methods of treatment.
Certain mediator proteins are
responsible for perpetuation of diseases of the musculoskeletal
system. These pathologies can often be treated with specific
biological antagonists. This is where "your body's own medicine" comes into action: anti-inflammatory and pain-inhibiting proteins are extracted from the patient’s blood and, for example, injected into an affected joint. These substances stop inflammation of joints and nerve roots, regenerate joint cartilage and accelerate healing of fractures.
"Your body's own medicine" is more appropriately
termed as autologous therapy. This means treatments in which substances and cells
are produced naturally by the body’s own cells. As
a consequence, such therapies often applied locally are highly
effective and well tolerated.