Friday, January 29, 2016

Study: Lumbar Intradiskal PRP Injections

Through a prospective, double-bind and randomized control study, the objective was to determine whether single injections of autologous Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) into symptomatic degenerative invertebral disks will improve participant-reported pain and function.

Participants include adults with moderate-to-severe lower back pain pain lasting six months or longer and that is unresponsive to traditional orthopedic treatment. They were randomized to receive intradiskal PRP or contrast agent after provocative discography. Data on pain, physical function and participant satisfaction were collected at one week, four weeks, eight weeks, six months and one year. If participants in the control group did not improve at the eight-week mark, they were offered the option to begin receiving PRP and then followed.

After analyzing 47 participants, the results show that over the eight weeks of follow-up there were overall significant improvements in participants who received intradiskal PRP with regards to pain, function and patient satisfaction, compared to those in the control group. There were no events of disk space infection, neurologic injury or progressive herniation were reported following the PRP injections.

Those who received PRP continued to maintain significant improvements in their function ratings through at last one year of follow-up. These results are promising, but further studies are still needed to define the specific participants that are most likely to respond to this treatment and the ideal cellular characteristics of the injectate.

Want to find out if you’re a candidate for PRP disc injections? Comment below or contact us directly.

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Benefits Of Fitness For Joint Pain

Those with severe joint and back pain may be tempted to lay in bed and relax all day, but that can actually make it much worse. People who exercise regularly are actually able to manage their pain much better. Exercise and flexibility improves a person’s pain threshold.

If you are experiencing extreme pain, consider starting up a fitness routine to help ease your discomfort. Cardiovascular exercises are known to be beneficial for lower back and knee pain. Start slow, either by walking on the treadmill or training on an elliptical.

If that’s still too painful for you, try aquatic exercises. Those with joint pain can find a lot of value in spending time in the water, due to the fact that it provides you with a great cardio workout and resistance, without actually putting any weight on your joints.

Strength training is also a great option for people dealing with chronic joint pain. Start out light with machines and try to add more free weights into your routine as you improve your strength and form. Machines are ideal because they provide more support and guide your movements.

Fitness that helps improve your core strength and flexibility are beneficial when trying to ease pain. Try some supervised yoga or Pilates! Combining all of these exercise categories into your overall routine will definitely improve your quality of life and minimize joint pain.

In addition to adding these workouts into your lifestyle, you may also consider stem cell therapy. This procedure can repair your damaged tissues and reduce your overall level of pain. It is a quick, low risk and noninvasive option that could give you the results you’re looking for.

If you feel you are a good candidate for stem cell therapy, comment below or contact us directly at (201) 288-7246.