Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common, painful condition that can greatly impact your daily life. PRP injections are one treatment option offered to patients to help reduce pain and inflammation. However, there has been some debate over how effective the treatment is, as well as how safe it is for patients.
A recent study, carried out in early 2022, looked into the efficacy of PRP injections for shoulder impingement. Here, we look at what the researchers discovered and whether PRP injections could be an ideal treatment for this painful condition.
What are PRP injections?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, use the patient’s own blood to trigger the body’s natural healing process. Blood is taken, usually from the arm, and then spun rapidly in a specialist machine known as a centrifuge. This separates the blood into different parts, including plasma.
The plasma contains two to five times more platelets than usual, and it is this enhanced potency that helps to heal the affected area. With shoulder impingement syndrome, the plasma is injected into the affected area using ultrasound guidance.
The general advice from practitioners offering PRP is that it takes one to three treatments for the injections to be effective, which are spaced one to two weeks apart.
Are PRP injections effective?
There have been limited studies into the efficacy of PRP injections in reducing pain. However, some have also revealed several safety issues linked to the treatment. The most recent study into the effectiveness of the treatment have shown it to provide excellent pain reduction benefits, alongside an improvement in range of motion after just one injection.
While the results of the latest study are promising, it is worth noting that this was a small study including just 20 patients. Larger studies need to be carried out to get a clear picture of the treatment’s effectiveness, alongside its safety.
The most common side effects and risks or PRP injections are post injection flare, an infection of the joint, and trauma to local tissues.
MBST treatment for shoulder impingement
An alternative treatment for shoulder impingement syndrome that doesn’t pose a risk of any serious side effects, is MBST. Short for Magnetic Resonance Therapy, this innovative treatment aims to rebuild and repair the body’s tissues at a molecular level.
The treatment uses your body’s electromagnetic energy to trigger a healing response. It stimulates the cells, causing them to grow and develop by themselves. Commonly used to treat conditions such as Osteoarthritis, MBST can be especially effective at helping to repair shoulder injuries.
Out of all the MBST treatments carried out so far, none have reported any negative side effects. All have however, reported a significant improvement in pain, mobility, and range of motion.
To learn more about MBST and how it might be able to help treat your shoulder impingement, book an appointment with MBST London.