According to USA Today, Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant received Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy last week, injecting stem cells collected from his hip into his ankle, in hopes to speed up his recovery time. Bryant broke his fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot & underwent foot surgery last month.
After an injury occurs, platelets in the blood are activated and release healing proteins called growth factors. Growth factors improve signaling and recruitment of cells to an injury site and optimizes the environment for healing. PRP is the concentration of aforementioned platelets, growth factors and protein created from a small amount of a patient’s whole blood. Once collected, the patient’s plasma is injected into the injury site to stimulate growth of new tissue for long-term healing. It is a safe procedure with low risk of infection and easy recovery time. Response to treatment varies for each patient therefore the number of injections may vary from a single injection up to 3-5 injections.
If you are suffering from a sports related injury and want to get back in the game, PRP therapy may be for you. Call us today 704-542-8253 to schedule a consultation.