BFR and Orthobiologics

25 July 2019

In today’s episode, we break down what Orthobiologics such as PRP and “Stem Cell” injections actually are, how they are used, how they are abused and the role BFR training may play. We have three experts joining us who are doing a lot of interesting work in the Orthobiologics space. They are Alberto Panero, DO, Umar Khan, MD and Tyler Opitz, DPT, SCS, CSCS. Check out the full podcast on incorporating blood flow restriction therapy in orthobiologics here.

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Alberto J. Panero, D.O.

Team Physician Sacramento State University

Team Physician Sacramento River Cats

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Retired team physician Western Kentucky University and Lindsey Wilson College

Medical Director Orthobiologic Specialist Owens Recovery Science

Director Orthobiologic Medicine at Stratton Sport and Spine

Tyler Opitz, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Andrews Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center, Gulf Breeze, FL

Tyler Opitz is a board certified sports specialist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and trained Physical Therapist at the Andrew’s Institute-Rehabilitation in Gulf Breeze, FL specializing in Sports Medicine, Orthopedic rehabilitation and Outpatient Care.

He specializes in rehabilitation of the upper and lower extremities while using combined methods of corrective exercises, SFMA/FMS principles, criteria based rehabilitation, with manual therapy incorporating Maitland and Graston Techniques to achieve optimal patient outcomes. He has reformed, integrated, and co-authored return to play criteria for athletes, protocols, criteria based rehab principles and is currently working on research project involving the use of stem cells for chondrogenesis of chondral defects in the knee.

Tyler Opitz is a physical therapist specializing in sports rehab of the profession, collegiate, olympic, world cup, and recreational athlete at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida working with world renowned physician James Andrews. He is currently doing multiple research projects with BFR and its influence on serum stem cell counts as well as other biologic markers as well as research on rehabilitation following stem cell intervention for treatment of knee osteoarthritis post operative as well as separate analysis of the use BFR with stem cell intervention in patients post knee surgery with osteoarthritis. Tyler Opitz has been published in the Journal of Clinical Orthopedics and Trauma.