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World Institute of Pain - Rome 2020

This week at the World Institute of Pain’s “virtual” World Congress 2020 in Rome Dr. Dominic Hegarty (Clinical Director Pain Relief Ireland, Consultant and Senior Clinical lecturer at University College Cork) presented new evidence that supports the long-term benefits of using platelet rich plasma injection to treat chronic gluteal tendinopathy. The research was published in this month’s edition of Pain Practise.

Gluteal tendinopathy (GT) can result in a significant level of disability, pain and a poor quality of life. Platelet Rich Plasma injections (PRP) contain growth factors and cytokines that potentially assist in the healing of musculoskeletal tissue. Dr. Hegarty said that “the primary objective was to assessed the outcome of PRP injections on pain and functional outcome in individuals with chronic gluteal tendinopathy”.

It was pleasing to see that 5 months after treatment these individuals continued to show a significant improvement in their pain intensity. For example, there was a 73% reduction in pain intensity score; pre-PRP 7.8 ± 0.7 v post-PRP 2.2 ± 0.9, p<0.001. In addition their Global Pain outcomes significantly improved (+80%) as did the VISA-G scores (pre-VISA-G v post VISA-G: 0.14 ± 0.09 v 0.69 ± 0.07, p <0.005).

Dr. Hegarty commented the “we are very pleased that we can bring this research to the global stage. The area of regenerative pain medicine and the technique of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in particular is growing. It is likely to be important treatment option in the future and the fact that Pain Relief Ireland can offer PRP injection for gluteal tendinopathy and a whole range of other joint and ligament conditions re-affirms the ethos and goal of Pain Relief Ireland to be a leader in bringing the newest and best treatment options to individuals with chronic pain”.


World Institute of Pain - Rome 2020


Dr. Dominic A. Hegarty 1,2
1. Pain Management, Orthopaedic & Spine Centre, Mater Private Hospital, Cork, Ireland.
2. University College Cork, Ireland


What is Regenerative Pain Medicine (RPM)?