Professional Athletes and PRP Therapy
- Posted on: Oct 17 2016
Platelet Rich Plasma PRP, is a new revolutionary technique in sports medicine that has recently gained widespread recognition in the sports scene. The list of high profile athletes that are receiving PRP therapy is increasing at a rapid rate. Not only does PRP therapy promise a quick return to the field/court but it is safe, non-surgical, and prescription drugs are not required. PRP therapy is a proven technique that relieves athletes from chronic pain and permits a speedy recovery from an injury. PRP therapy can be used to heal injuries such as: hamstrings, quadriceps, rotator cuff, tennis elbow, and essentially any tendon or ligament injury apart from complete tears.
Athletes Who Have Undergone PRP Therapy
Stephen Curry: NBA Champion, Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors received PRP therapy during the NBA Finals of 2016. While playing Curry managed to slip on a wet spot on the court and he sprained his MCL on his right knee. He underwent PRP therapy two days after the injury and was able to return to the court after missing only 4 games.
Ray Lewis: Baltimore Raven’s Hall Of Fame linebacker also received PRP therapy in 2012. In week 6 of the 2012 NFL season Ray Lewis tore his triceps, which was at first diagnosed as a season ending injury. Ray Lewis decided to opt out surgery and decided to receive PRP Therapy. Instead of ending his season, he was able to come back and play at a high level within two months.
Tiger Woods: PGA’s own Tiger woods underwent PRP Therapy in 2008. Woods blew out his ACL and reconstructed part of his LCL. He insisted his LCL was giving him problems so he had PRP injections into his LCL. In December of 2008, he tore his Achilles on his right leg, instead of surgery he received PRP injections throughout the year. After his treatment, in 2009 Tiger Woods went on to have one of his best years in his career. He played in 17 events and placed in Top 10 in all but three. Woods won six of the 17 events, and finished second in three other tournaments. That year he managed to take home the following awards:
- Player of the Year
- PGA Tour Player of the Year
- PGA Leading Money Winner
- FedEx Cup Champion
- Byron Nelson Trophy
- Vardon Trophy
Takashi Saito: Takashi Saito was a Pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers and LA Dodgers. In 2008 while with the LA Dodgers, he managed to stage an incredible comeback thanks to PRP therapy. During the 2008 MLB season, Saito partially tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Team trainers thought his season was over and gave him a 20% chance of returning that year. Saito was the first MLB player to undergo PRP Therapy; he opted out of Tommy John surgery which was the medical standard for his injury. Rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery is about 9 months to a year; Saito was able to come back from his injury in about 4-5 months.
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