Positive Results Through Two Years of Follow-up
NEW YORK, April 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A clinical study of 49 patients who underwent intradiscal platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for low back pain found significant improvements in pain and function through two years of follow-up. Dr. Gregory Lutz, Founder and Medical Director of the Regenerative SportsCare Institute, and Physiatrist-in-Chief Emeritus, Hospital for Special Surgery, presented the two-year results at the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation’s Annual Conference in Broomfield, Colorado last month.
The study’s findings show that using intradiscal PRP to treat early-stage degenerated spinal disc disease resulted in lasting improvements in pain, function, and patient satisfaction in 60% of the patients treated. The strengths of this study were its double-blind, randomized, controlled trial design, a rigorous selection process, and long-term data collection for the majority of participants. In addition, all of the patients in the study had failed conservative treatment and were considering a spinal fusion surgery for treatment.