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Platelet-Rich Plasma Superior for Lumbar Facet Joint Syndrome

Last Updated: December 28, 2016.

For intra-articular injection autologous platelet-rich plasma and local anesthetic/corticosteroid are effective, easy, and safe in the treatment of lumbar facet joint syndrome, according to a study published online Dec. 18 in Pain Practice.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For intra-articular injection autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and local anesthetic (LA)/corticosteroid are effective, easy, and safe in the treatment of lumbar facet joint syndrome, according to a study published online Dec. 18 in Pain Practice.

Jiuping Wu, from Jilin University in Changchun, China, and colleagues randomized 46 patients with lumbar facet joint syndrome into group A (intra-articular injection with PRP) and group B (intra-articular injection with LA/corticosteroid). Outcome assessments were performed immediately after and at one week, one month, two months, three months, and six months after treatment.

The researchers found that, compared with pretreatment, both group A and group B demonstrated statistical improvements in the pain visual analogue scale score at rest or during flexion, the Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire, and the Oswestry Disability Index (P < 0.01). There were also significant differences between the groups for these measures (P < 0.05). Based on the modified MacNab criteria for pain relief, for group B, subjective satisfaction criteria and objective success rate were highest (80 and 85 percent, respectively) after one month, but only 50 and 20 percent, respectively, after six months. For group A, however, the measures increased over time.

“Both autologous PRP and LA/corticosteroid for intra-articular injection are effective, easy, and safe enough in the treatment of lumbar facet joint syndrome,” the authors write. “However, autologous PRP is a superior treatment option for longer duration efficacy.”

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FAQ:

PRP means Platelet Rich Plasma. The Plasma liquid in the blood includes red and white blood cells and platelets. Platelets form 10% of the plasma and in the concept of PRP, the platelet ratio is flipped to 90%. It is given in the form of an injection to patients looking to treat tissue damages, skin issues etc.
A non-surgical therapy in nature, PRP is used for healing in several medicine fields including sports medicines and orthopedics. PRP is nothing but the patient’s own blood which is administered in a way such that the healing components (growth factors) present in the platelets are released, thus fuelling fast recovery.
PRP is majorly useful in cases of soft tissue injuries, including ligament sprains, muscle pulls / tears, tendon tears, tendonitis and tendinosis. It has been an effective way to treat cartilage degeneration like arthritis as well.
With its methodology, PRP is developed to heal the injured region through the initiation of growth factors in your platelets. It is a cure and not just a temporary solution to limit any injury.
In most cases, the procedure can be well tolerated by patients but there may be soreness after the injection as PRP induces

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