A New Technique for the Treatment of Lumbar Facet Joint Syndrome Using Intra-Articular Injection with Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma

19 patients with facet syndrome causing low back pain noted platelet rich plasma (PRP) to be safe and effective in reducing pain and symptoms along with improved lumbar function. 47% of patients found improvement immediately after the injection, 73% noted improvement at 1 week, 78% at one month, 78% at 2 months, 78% at 3 months.

The Takeaway: Chronic low back pain is a problem that some people deal with for decades and facet arthritis is a common cause. The usual treatments involve NSAIDs, rehabilitation, injecting steroids into the joint, burning the nerves that sense facet related pain, and if all that fails, then surgery. We do things differently at Interventional Orthopedics of Washington. We treat facets with cellular therapies and we ask that our patients stop NSAIDs to maximize their procedural outcomes. Not only do we treat the facets, but we also treat the tissues that support the facets to improve spine strength and function. This includes muscles, ligaments, and if necessary, the discs and nerves, all of which contribute to a stable spine. If you have chronic back pain, don’t wait any longer, book a consultation with Dr. Silva to see if he can help you.

Wu J, Et Al. A New Technique for the Treatment of Lumbar Facet Joint Syndrome Using Intra-articular Injection with Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma. Pain Physician. 2016 Nov-Dec;19(8):617-625.

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