The range of biological agents to treat osteoarthritis is in constant expansion, and recent trials suggest that amnion-derived products (such as umbilical cord stem cells or amniotic allograft suspension) may provide significant symptomatic relief and functional improvement compared with traditional injectables. Anyway, in many countries, stringent limitations exist on the manipulation and homologous use of placenta-derived products, and therefore, collecting more data is mandatory to endorse their use for musculoskeletal diseases in a safe and clearly regulated way. More in general, an increasing interest toward orthobiology has been observed in recent years, which led to the introduction in clinical practice of many minimally invasive strategies to treat osteoarthritis, from platelet-rich plasma to mesenchymal stem cells. On the basis of this trend, which involves physicians from different specialties, it would be fundamental to have clear guidelines establishing the correct use of these products in the setting of clinical routine not only to safely provide patients the most advanced therapeutic options but also to protect our practice from potential legal issues.

Editorial Commentary: Minimally Invasive Strategies for Osteoarthritis: From Platelets to Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Kon, Elizaveta;Di Matteo, Berardo
2021

Abstract

The range of biological agents to treat osteoarthritis is in constant expansion, and recent trials suggest that amnion-derived products (such as umbilical cord stem cells or amniotic allograft suspension) may provide significant symptomatic relief and functional improvement compared with traditional injectables. Anyway, in many countries, stringent limitations exist on the manipulation and homologous use of placenta-derived products, and therefore, collecting more data is mandatory to endorse their use for musculoskeletal diseases in a safe and clearly regulated way. More in general, an increasing interest toward orthobiology has been observed in recent years, which led to the introduction in clinical practice of many minimally invasive strategies to treat osteoarthritis, from platelet-rich plasma to mesenchymal stem cells. On the basis of this trend, which involves physicians from different specialties, it would be fundamental to have clear guidelines establishing the correct use of these products in the setting of clinical routine not only to safely provide patients the most advanced therapeutic options but also to protect our practice from potential legal issues.
Blood Platelets
Female
Humans
Pregnancy
Umbilical Cord
Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Osteoarthritis
Platelet-Rich Plasma
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