Written by Arjang Abbasi, DO, Diplomate of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Fellowship trained in Interventional Pain Management and Sports Medicine.
1-Pittsburg Steeler wide receiver, “Hines Ward, received PRP treatment to his knee to treat a Medial collateral ligament sprain before and was able to play in the Super bowl. “
2-“Tiger Woods” received four injections of PRP in his left knee following surgery.”
3- “ PRP injections in his elbow may have been the reason that Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Takashi Saito was able to return to the mound for the 2008 Major League Baseball playoffs. “
4- NY Mets pitcher “Pedro Feliciano was quite relieved when his orthopedic surgeon suggested an alternative treatment for his shoulder pain, PRP therapy, in addition to rehab. Rather than spend months out of commission which would have been the case if Feliciano opted to have surgery, the recommended rehabilitation/PRP therapy plan should only take about six weeks. This isn’t the first time Feliciano has undergone PRP therapy. He first used the ground-breaking procedure in 2009 after injuring his hamstring.”
5- Top tennis player, “Rafael Nadal used PRP injection for his knee to help resolve his knee injury and helped him return to top form several times.”
What is this “magical” treatment called PRP?
Increasingly patients are asking questions about the PRP procedure. They want to know if this “incredible” treatment that has helped many professional athletes, can help them with their ailments.
PRP is Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy. It is a unique technology that stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself. PRP utilizes a patient’s own platelets and growth factors to stimulate a healing response within a damaged tendon or joint. It is used to help individuals as well as professional and competitive athletes with nagging musculoskeletal injuries.
How is PRP treatment administered and how does it work?
Patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge for several minutes. The centrifuge separates the platelets from the rest of the blood. This platelet rich plasma is then extracted from the mixture and injected into the injured tissue or joint. Ultrasound guidance is used to inject the PRP directly into the area, promoting release of growth factors enabling the body to naturally heal itself.
What is the injection used for?
The procedure is indicated for many musculoskeletal and arthritic conditions that have not responded to conservative treatment and therapies. These include but are not limited to various spine injuries such as sacroiliac joint dysfunction, hip and knee tendinitis and moderate arthritis , achilles tendon injuries, and plantar fasciitis, chronic tendinopathies in the elbow such as lateral epidondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylitis ( Golfer’s elbow), various shoulder injuries including rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis.
How do I know if I am a candidate for the procedure?
If you have any of the above conditions and are interested in learning more, you should schedule a formal consultation. Like most treatments, it is very important to carefully review your medical history and determine if the procedure is the best option for you.