For patients who are not improving with corticosteroid injections, Dr. Richard Rosenthal argues that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy should be considered. Dr. Rosenthal, the practicing medical director of a Utah pain management practice, presented an overview of PRP at the yearly convention of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians last August.
The pain physician’s presentation demonstrated that PRP is a reliable treatment method for numerous forms of musculoskeletal chronic pain, such as tennis elbow, shoulder injuries, and patellar tendon damage. Research has also suggested that PRP injections could provide relief from certain types of low back pain (LBP), arthritic conditions, plantar fasciitis, and some forms of bursitis.
Dr. Rosenthal is not alone. Doctors around the country have become increasingly aware that the findings on the efficacy of PRP therapy can’t be ignored, especially related to particular patient populations. Using Dr. Rosenthal as an example, Rosemary Frei, MSc, discussed the growing respect for PRP in the August issue of Clinical Pain Medicine (below).
Who is best suited for PRP injections?
The medial directors at the Flexogenix, agree with the perspective of Dr. Rosenthal that platelet-rich plasma can be a solution to people for a wide range of circumstances & conditions.
Anyone, from professional athletes to those who enjoy recreational activities or whose wounds are difficult to heal, can benefit from the healing effects of PRP. It’s also recommended to use PRP therapy as a preventative measure to combat the development of joint degeneration.
Concurring fundamentally with Frei’s report, Flexogenix has experienced success with patients suffering from osteoarthritis and soft-tissue injuries. Beyond the individual pain conditions listed in Dr. Rosenthal’s presentation, the field of sports medicine also recommends PRP therapy for chronic tendonitis like Achilles tendinitis and Jumper’s knee.
The turning tide
While the tide is still turning for PRP therapy, Dr. Rosenthal was ready with his verdict: “Although more studies are needed, there appears to be enough evidence to recommend the use of PRP…”
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