Updated: August 15, 2012
“Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a recently developed technique that uses a concentrated portion of autologous blood to try to improve and accelerate the healing of various tissues. There is considerable interest in using these PRP products for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, particularly athletic injuries. Because PRP products are safe and easy to prepare and administer, there has been increased attention toward using PRP in numerous clinical settings. Platelet-rich plasma has been used to treat conditions such as lateral epicondylitis, ligament and muscle strains, and tears of the rotator cuff, anterior cruciate ligament, and Achilles tendon. Platelet-rich plasma can be applied at the site of injury either during surgery or through an injection performed in the physician’s office. The benefits of PRP therapy appear to be promising, and many investigators are exploring the ways in which this therapy can be used in the clinical setting.” (1)
The list of athletes who used Platelet rich Plasma Therapy to return to the game is ever growing, from Philadelphia pitching ace Cliff Lee to Golfer Tiger Woods to footballers including Pittsburg Steelers Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward.
Platelet Rich Plasma is part of a non-surgical alternative injetion treatment offered at the Magaziner Center for Wellness that also includes Prolotherapy and Stem Cell Therapy.
“Our preliminary findings support the application of autologous PRP as an effective and safe method in the treatment of the initial stages of knee osteoarthritis.” (2)
“Osteochondral lesions of the ankle treated with intra-articular injections of PRP and HA resulted in a decrease in pain scores and an increase in function for at least 6 months, with minimal adverse events. Platelet-rich plasma treatment led to a significantly better outcome than HA.” (3)
New York Jet LaRon Landry spoke to the Washington Post in this article from October 4, 2011 when Landry played for the Redskins.
“When his trainer advised him to try a popular but unproven healing therapy for his injured Achilles’ tendon last year, Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry did not hesitate. He wanted to get back to work.
It did not concern him that the recommended treatment, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, lacks scientific validation, has shown mixed results in a limited number of studies and involves drawing a dose of one’s own blood and reinjecting it.
Landry now evangelizes like a PRP prophet. Since using the treatment for three different injuries, he’s been spreading the word to teammates.
Landry’s attitude is shared by increasing numbers of injured athletes in locker rooms and clubhouses nationwide, who are grasping at non-surgical options for fast healing. For men whose livelihoods depend on staying healthy, the occasional, and widely publicized, PRP success stories have caused the popularity of the procedure to far outpace the research behind it, experts say.”
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PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Elbow treatments in New Jersey
Treatment of patients with chronic lateral epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) with PRP reduces pain and increases function significantly, exceeding the effect of corticosteroid injection even after a follow-up of 2 years.
PRP or cortisone for Plantar Fasciitis?
Research presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is more effective than Cortisone for chronic Severe plantar fasciitis. Study presenter Raymond Rocco Monto, MD, explained that “chronic plantar fasciitis is a common, yet occasionally difficult, condition to treat successfully.
Platelet Rich Plasma
If pain is your worst enemy, PRP might just be your new best friend. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a revolutionary new treatment that relieves pain by promoting long lasting healing of musculoskeletal conditions. The natural. PRP is a rapidly emerging technique that shows exciting potential for osteoarthritis.
1. Bava ED, Barber FA. Platelet-rich plasma products in sports medicine. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Sep;39(3):94-9.
2. Spaková T, Rosocha J, Lacko M, et al. Treatment of Knee Joint Osteoarthritis with Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma in Comparison with Hyaluronic Acid. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Feb 28.
3. Mei-Dan O, Carmont MR, Laver L, Mann G, Maffulli N, Nyska M. Platelet-rich plasma or hyaluronate in the management of osteochondral lesions of the talus.Am J Sports Med. 2012 Mar;40(3):534-41.