Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that PRP has proven to be successful in regenerating tissue and mitigating both chronic and acute pain. Dr. Blatman’s understanding was to deliver and inject small doses of PRP directly into the fascia – both at the site of the actual injury and the site of the referred pain.
By delivering a healing agent directly to the points of pain in the fascia, as well as the injury, Dr. Blatman’s patients have had transformational results – overcoming pain that has sometimes affected their lives for decades.
Since he is using a patient’s own blood, there is minimal risk for side effects. Given what we know about how PRP interacts with other injured soft tissue, it assumed that the PRP is aiding in the actual healing of the fascia — which is the source of pain. With both the site of the injury and the site of the referred pain being treated, the body can heal quickly and effectively.
RWA’s case is typical – a middle-aged man who loves to play golf. One afternoon he took a swing and felt a sharp pain in his left knee. Thinking it was a temporary issue, he played through. But that night his knee swelled up, was inflamed, and painful. Later when asked to describe the level of the stabbing pain, it was a 7-8. He iced it and waited for the swelling and pain to go away. While it did improve some, the knee was not healing. Suddenly he couldn’t play sports. He even found getting around more and more difficult. Going up stairs were a problem. Long walks were no longer easy.
He went to his doctor, who recommended rest and some rehab therapies. He started taking analgesics and topical treatments to provide temporary relief from the pain. He tried a variety of therapies, including acoustic shockwave treatments. The therapies helped – but not fully. Again and again, the swelling, inflammation and pain would return. RWA was worried he would never play golf again, or even be able to take long walks with his wife and family.
Then he visited Dr. Blatman. The doctor examined the knee and pointed out where the actual injury was. Though the pain and inflammation was in the knee, he was able to show the patient that the injury was in a tendon attached to the shin. Dr. Blatman then took drew blood from the patient’s arm, centrifuged it and enhanced the PRP, before injecting using his “needle surgery” technique at the site of the injury and the surrounding fascia. The entire process from meeting the doctor and leaving the office was less than two hours.
Within 3 days, RWA noticed a difference. The chronic pain was diminishing and swelling gone. By the end of the week, the difference was marked. The pain was almost gone and he was walking easier and farther. Day by day improvement continued. After eight weeks, the knee felt even better and stronger than before the injury. The patient is returning to sports and a full active life.
Though Dr. Blatman’s work at this point is limited to his own patients, other researchers and clinicians are now looking to set up trials to expand the study of Dr. Blatman’s work, and prepare his findings for publication.
A revolution in pain management is underway. Patients are realizing that there are first alternatives to treating pain – before they need to resort to dangerous pain medication or surgery. As more patients seek out these safe and effective remedies, more and more physicians are offering PRP treatment for chronic pain.