PRP, also known as platelet-rich plasma. has become the exclusive sports medicine treatment in our generation. An article posted by The Washington Post has declared the popularity throughout clinics in the United States for injured athletes to utilize the new medical technology.
PRP involves injecting a vial of concentrated platelets that are taken from the patient’s own blood. The blood is spun in a centrifuge creating that cluster of platelets. The technology behind the injection is simple, and the procedure itself takes no more than an hour.
The variable in the injection is the time of healing. Like many, Mr. Frederick Azar, President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, questions whether the injury will subside to its pre-distressed site. Azar performed a randomized-double blind study displaying if PRP outperformed a placebo for osteoarthritis in knee. After much research, Azar found that the PRP worked better than the placebo in 75% of the cases. With the PRP’s concentrated platelet technology, the site of the injury was able to heal naturally and quickly.
Athletes like tennis player Maria Sharapova (shoulder injury), football player Hines Ward (knee injury), tennis player Rafael Nadal (knee injury), and basketball player Kobe Bryant (ankle injury) are just a few that have chosen to use PRP and help them get back into the game. In addition, patient safety is at its highest with this procedure.