Many people around the world suffer from joint osteoarthritis and chronic lower back pain. Lithuanians are no exception. Being in a situation when for some reason pain killers are no longer helping or when surgeries cannot be performed because of the body condition can lead to despair and forces to look for other possible treatments.
Orthopaedist Paulius Grigas tells us more about a new possible treatment called Orthokine.
Orthokine is a unique biological therapy technique which is used to relieve joint pain and inflammation or chronic back pain, to treat ligament and muscles after injuries. This therapy is unique because only the patient’s own proteins and other natural materials are used to promote healing while chemicals are not used. The goal of this therapy is to reduce pain and inflammation. A serum which is created with special laboratory equipment helps to restore sensitivity of and proper functionality of the affected body part/area.
This treatment was created in 1987 by a German professor Peter Wehling. In 1992 Orthogen Lab Services GnbH was established. The company conducted a comprehensive review based on 12 clinical studies (from 1996 to 2012) and the findings confirmed that Orthokine therapy is effective and safe. Today, this treatment is widely used in many European countries as well as Israel, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. In the United States this method is known by another name – “Regenokine”. This therapy is particularly popular among athletes. NBA players such as Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bogut used this therapy. This natural treatment was also tested by Pope John Paul II.
Orthokine therapy suits patients who can’t have a surgery because of a serious general condition, for those who can’t tolerate treatment with glucocorticoids or can’t or don’t want to drink non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs every day. It is safe to treat multiple areas with Orthokine therapy at the same time. This therapy is suitable for those patients who need to rebuild muscles or tendons activity after injury, as well as in the event of prolonged post-surgery healing process.
During the procedure, the patient’s blood sample is taken from a vein. After this it is treated with special laboratory equipment and a concentrated autologous serum is extracted. The serum is injected into affected areas of the body-joint or muscle. The serum is injected 1-2 times a week. Usually only 3-6 injections are required, but effects of treatments and their duration depend on the severity of the disease and the patient’s general condition before treatment. Based on the results of clinical studies the effect of this treatment is appreciable for approximately between half a year and two years. In some cases patients felt well even for as long as six years.