Platelet-Rich-Plasma: The Revolutionary Treatment used by Professional Athletes is now available at HealthCare Partners Family Medicine

Shortly before Superbowl kick-off, NBC’s Andrea Kremler reported of a new, experimental procedure done on Steelers’ wide receiver Hines Ward for an injury that occurred two weeks before the big event.

The procedure is called Platelet-Rich-Plasma or PRP; it consists of drawing a small amount of blood from the patient and spinning it in a specialized centrifuge. Spinning the blood in the special centrifuge allows the concentrated platelets to separate. The platelets, which main function is to initiate healing, is then injected into the injured site. This helps regenerate tendon and ligament fibers. Because it is autogolous or your own there is no chance of rejection from the body and even aids in accelerating the healing process naturally.

In the AFC championship game Wards sprained his right medial collateral ligament (MCL). This injury typically takes 5-6 weeks to recover but Ward credits his speedy recovery to this treatment and physical therapy thus, enabling him to recover in time for the Superbowl.

This revolutionary treatment is slowly becoming a by-word even among elite athletes such as Tom Mendenhall, a professional tennis player and Takashi Saito of the L.A. Dodgers to name a few. Both had PRP treatments on their elbows. Edson Buddle of the L.A. Galaxy had the same treatment for his Achilles tendon.

A recent study did at Stanford University showed a 90% reduction in pain for tennis elbows. Other injuries such as patellar tendonitis, partially torn rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis and carpal tunnel are shown to have responded well to this treatment.

This revolutionary treatment is now available locally at HealthCare Partners Family Medicine.

For more information call us at (352) 750-4333.

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