PainRelief.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: Sixty percent of patients who received allograft treatment for their chronic low back pain reported an improvement of greater than 50% in pain, and 70% reported more than a 20-point improvement in their ODI scores which is a full category or more of functional improvement. There were no persistent adverse events reported. Such improvements are very promising for patients living with chronic low back pain. This treatment may help them return to normal activity for a longer period of time than is possible with other treatments for this condition.
PainRelief.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Response: We need to continue to research the efficacy of injectable allograft treatments, as the initial results are promising. In addition, use of allograft may help decrease opioid use in patients with chronic low back pain, which could be especially meaningful for younger patients who would have many years of high level function and better quality of life ahead.
PainRelief.com: Is there anything else you would like to add? Any disclosures?
The treatment requires no incisions, and patients are able to go home on the same day.
VIVIEX Biologics, Inc. sponsored this study, and I serve as a medical consultant for them.
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