Sunday, February 22, 2009

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?

The method, which is strikingly straightforward and easy to perform, centers on injecting portions of a patient’s blood directly into the injured area, which catalyzes the body’s instincts to repair muscle, bone and other tissue. Most enticing, many doctors said, is that the technique appears to help regenerate ligament and tendon fibers, which could shorten rehabilitation time and possibly obviate surgery. -ny times

MY COMMENT: Olympic 5,000 meter runner Matt Tegenkamp is undergoing this new procedure. Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polomalu and Hines Ward both received this treatment for injuries suffered prior to the Super Bowl.

“I think it really helped me. The injury that I had was a severe injury, maybe a four- or six-week injury. In order for me to go out there and play in two weeks, I don’t think anyone with a grade-2 M.C.L. sprain gets back that fast.” -Hines Ward

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