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"She Blinded Me with Science" Part V: Back Pain in Lumbar DDD

By Deborah Westergaard, MD

Pain Experts

For those in their prime years seeking to maintain an active lifestyle, discogenic pain from degenerative disc disease can be a significant hurdle. PRP treatment, as revealed in a recent study, offers hope. This treatment, utilizing your body's natural healing factors, targets the root cause of disc pain, potentially restoring function and reducing discomfort. With a focus on higher platelet concentrations, PRP therapy might be your key to continuing an active, fulfilling life without resorting to surgery.

What is Degenerative Disc Disease? Degenerative disc disease refers to changes in spinal discs due to aging or wear and tear, leading to pain, weakness, or numbness. PRP therapy could be beneficial as it delivers a high concentration of growth factors directly to the affected area, promoting tissue repair. This could alleviate pain offering a non-surgical treatment option for this condition depending upon many variables.

Understanding the Study: This prospective trial focused on correlating platelet concentration in PRP injections with improvements in back pain and functional status, involving 25 patients diagnosed with discogenic pain.

Key Findings: Higher platelet concentrations in PRP were linked to significant improvements in pain and functionality, highlighting PRP's potential in treating chronic back pain.

Implications for Patients and Physicians: These results present PRP therapy as a promising option for discogenic low back pain, especially when higher platelet concentrations are used.

Moving Forward: At Pain Experts, we're excited about integrating such cutting-edge treatments. For patients and professionals keen on exploring this innovative approach, this study opens new avenues.

For more on this study, read the full article here.

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               Deborah Westergaard, MD

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