Study Finds PRP Injections Better Than Surgery or Steroids

Study Finds PRP Injections Better Than Surgery or Steroids

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  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections use a patient’s own blood to heal orthopedic or musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
  • A study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) found PRP injections reduce pain and improve function more than surgery or steroids.
  • The pain management specialists at American Spine share the study’s findings and explain why PRP injections may be beneficial for certain conditions and injuries.

The efficacy of platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections has come into question since the therapy’s creation. Nevertheless, more studies continue to surface and highlight the benefits of these injections for optimal recovery. PRP injections use a patient’s own blood to promote faster healing with minimal risk of complication.

The procedure requires a physician to withdraw a patient’s blood and place it into a centrifugation machine to produce a high concentration of platelet cells. Once these cells have been separated from the patient’s blood and mixed with his or her plasma, a physician will then inject this new concoction into the injury site. This process helps enhance tissue repair, reduce inflammation and encourage bone regeneration by allowing the body’s natural growth factors and cytokines to improve cell reproduction.

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine analyzed the clinical trials of patients using PRP injection therapy for their knee osteoarthritis or musculoskeletal disorder and found significant improvements. For some of these individuals, function improved up to 73 percent and the delay of the progression of the disease (osteoarthritis) was readily apparent.

Conditions or injuries that may benefit from this procedure include:

  • Muscle injuries, ligament tears, tendon injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Stress fractures
  • Burns
  • Nerve injury
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Chronic neck and back pain

Because the therapy uses a patient’s own blood, there is a low risk of developing adverse effects. Regardless, the possibility is still present. Patients experiencing increased pain or swelling around the injection site should call their American Spine physician right away.

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating chronic pain and spine conditions. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246).

The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.