Osteopath are primarily trained to keep their patient’s treatments as non-surgical as possible. Furthermore, our philosophy leans towards prevention and overall wellness than on treating diseases. For these reasons, we believe Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is one of the best treatment options available. After all, the Osteopathic profession was founded on the basis of the body’s powerful innate capacity to self-heal follow injury or disease – the very function PRP injections perform.
Journal of American Osteopathic AssociationThe reviewed Platelet-Rich Plasma a while ago and concluded that more studies are needed. Later another study was presented about a surprising case of an 18-year-old high school football player’s rapid healing of muscle injury through Platelet-Rich Plasma. So even though PRP injections are not commonly offered, more and more research is becoming available.
Platelet-Rich Plasma, An Osteopathic Physician’s Best Ally?
Here’s why we think PRP Injections are a great source of treatment for the patient.
1. PRP is holistic.
Osteopaths treat the whole patient, rather than just the injury or disease. So is Platelet-Rich Plasma, which promotes the body’s own healing mechanisms, and it’s not aimed at eliminating just one symptom, it heals entire areas. So Platelet-Rich Plasma basically functions like an Osteopathic medicine. That’s why we think it’s one of the best treatments available.
2. PRP is a musculoskeletal hero
Osteopaths primarily deals with chronic musculoskeletal pain. At Dynamic Regenerative Medicine we know PRP Injections are slowly becoming the first-line treatments for musculoskeletal issues. For example, some researchers believe PRP should be first-line treatment for Knee Meniscus issues. Last year (2016), Dr Patrick Smith from the University of Missouri, Columbia, published the results of an FDA-Sanctioned, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Clinical Trial on Platelet-Rich Plasma for Knee Osteoarthritis – and they concluded that PRP provided safe and quantifiable benefits. Here’s another systematic review summarising about 29 of those studies.
3. Limitless potential of PRP is hard to ignore
PRP has a vast scope of application. Because Platelet-Rich Plasma’s mechanism is generic (and straightforward), it can be safely assumed that if it works on knees, it can work on any joints, muscles, tendons, bones etc. It’s only a matter of time that PRP Injections will be a standard first-line treatment for all musculoskeletal issues. If you’re keen on hard evidence, have a look at these the randomised trials as well as other studies in the NCBI database.
Dr. Peter Lewis, a fellow of the American Academy of Regenerative Medicine, and the clinical director of the Surecell Group, who’s administered over 100,000 PRP injections to 12,000 patients says, “More than 80% of the patients who undergo PRP treatments enjoy very good results. Even people who’ve been told they’d need surgery have a 70% chance that Platelet-Rich Plasma will help them.”
Here at Dynamic Regenerative Medicine in Solihull and Birmingham we believe in the beneficial effects of PRP treatment and offer this treatment for a wide range of conditions whether it be related to sports injury of general occupation.