The UCSF Regenerative Orthopedics Program is a telemedicine consultation service providing the latest information to patients and providers on biologic treatments for musculoskeletal conditions. Biologic therapies use specially concentrated tissues from the human body, such as stem cells from bone marrow or platelet-rich plasma derived from blood. Evidence suggests biologics can improve healing after injury or surgery, reduce inflammation and decrease some effects of degenerative conditions. However, there are still many questions about the safety of these treatments and their most effective uses. By critically examining the current evidence, our team of experts can help determine whether a regenerative therapy is an option for you.

During the consultation, we will assess your history and imaging and then explain which biologic therapies may be available for your condition. We will outline the potential benefits and risks of each treatment and may recommend alternatives. We also will provide information about new studies on patients and basic research in regenerative medicine that we are doing here at UCSF.

Patients who use the service will be able to schedule follow-up visits with specific providers and may have an opportunity to enroll in clinical trials at UCSF that are evaluating new regenerative medicine strategies.

Conditions that qualify for a regenerative orthopedics consult include (but are not limited to):

  • Arthritis
  • Tendinopathies (tendon degeneration)
  • Ligament and cartilage injuries
  • Spinal conditions
  • Muscle injuries
  • Sports injuries