How PRP Could Greatly Reduce Lost Production
American companies lose a lot of productivity due to injuries and illnesses. Chronic back problems are near the top of the list. Back problems are so prevalent that some estimates suggest upwards of 31 million Americans are dealing with back pain at any given time. That translates into millions of lost hours of production every single year. So what can be done? One clinic based in Montréal, Canada believes PRP therapy could be the answer.
The Montréal International Clinic is one of a growing number of clinics in the West offering platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to treat chronic back and joint pain. In some cases, the clinic says that the relief from chronic pain can be almost immediate. Of course, results vary from one patient to the next.
The beauty of PRP therapy is that it is minimally invasive. Where back or knee surgery requires going under the knife followed by a long recovery period, PRP therapy can be initiated with a simple blood draw and a follow-up injection. There is no risk of rejection, very little risk of complications, and a much shorter recovery time.
Regaining Lost Productivity
It is no understatement to say that PRP therapy as a treatment for chronic back or joint pain could revolutionize how companies approach lost productivity. In fact, it could help them regain some of that lost productivity by helping injured workers get back to work more quickly. This is especially important given the sedentary lifestyle most of us now lead.
In the United Kingdom, back pain is now the leading cause of disability among young adults unable to work. Chronic back pain is quickly becoming the root cause of disabilities worldwide. It has been suggested that the spike in back problems is the result of the sedentary lifestyle of the 20th century. Young people do not exercise as much as they used to, and they are not used to the kinds of heavy labor their parents and grandparents were subject to as young people. It’s sort of a ‘use it or lose it’ kind of thing.
Since we are so sedentary, any little bit of stress on the back – that would not have bothered previous generations – can create major problems today. If PRP therapy can truly address those problems, we can get more people back to work and producing rather than remaining on disability and not producing.
The combined effect of PRP’s potential is staggering. Not only would companies regain lost productivity, but federal and state agencies would spend less on disability payments and social services. Government spending on social services would go down while productivity would go back up.
Training Doctors and PRP Therapy
The key now appears to be getting as many doctors on board with PRP as possible. That is the job of organizations like Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI), a Utah company that specializes in training doctors in PRP and stem cell procedures. They have already helped more than 200 doctors and clinics introduce regenerative medicine to their patients.
At the Montréal International Clinic, doctors are fully aware of the benefits of PRP therapy for chronic pain management. They are seeing a gradually increasing volume of patients with every passing quarter. At Advanced Regenerative Medicine Institute, they are training growing numbers of doctors in the procedures as well.
If we can keep the momentum going, PRP therapy could eventually become the standard treatment of choice for chronic back and joint pain. That would be good for productivity as well as the overall health of patients themselves. Let’s hope PRP therapy does reach its full potential here.