The Charlotte Observer reported that Bobcats guard Ben Gordon was back at practice Tuesday after spending the weekend in Phoenix getting a “maintenance” procedure done to his right knee. Though it isn’t his first time, Gordon states that PRP Therapy helps many athletes feel better after a little bit of wear-and-tear.

What is PRP?

  • PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma and since the mid 1990s, it’s becoming an emerging technology in Sports Medicine
  • The entire procedure takes approximately 20 minutes
  • Collection of 30 ml of patient’s blood
  • Blood sampled placed into centrifuge to separate PRP (platelet-rich plasma) from other blood components
  • Doctors inject concentrated platelets onto site of injury often using ultrasound guidance to ensure accuracy

What does PRP Therapy do?

  • Platelets function as a natural reservoir for growth factors; essential to repair injured tissues
  • Stimulates tissue recovery:
    • increases collagen production
    • enhances tendon stem-cell proliferation
    • tenocyte-related gene (tendon cells that produce collagen molecules)
    • protein expression
  • Tissue recovery increases blood flow and cartilage becomes more firm and resilient, reducing the risk of injury on site again.
  • Activates tenocytes to proliferate quickly, produce collagen to repair tendons, ligaments, cartilage, & muscles.

Ready to be back on court, Gordon stated that getting the procedure done was most definitely a precautionary exam to ensure the rest of the season wouldn’t affect him or the team. He indicated that after getting PRP therapy, the swelling around his right knee would decrease after about a week and would continue to do what he loves, play basketball, without overdoing it.

Come into either Carmel Foot Specialist location for any questions or concerns about PRP Therapy!

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