New research shows PRP injection (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is being used in orthopaedics with increasing frequency and effectiveness for sports injuries and osteoarthritis. PRP is also helping some athletes to avoid surgery.
Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriquez, Hines Ward and many elite athletes have used PRP therapy for sports injuries. In PRP therapy, a patient’s own blood is drawn, separated and re-injected into injured joints and muscles to ease pain.
PRP injection can be used to treat osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder, and spine, meniscus and rotator cuff tears, chronic plantar fasciitis, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, tennis elbow, ulnar collateral ligament injuries, ankle sprains, tendonitis and ligament sprains.
Dr. Luks on new research for PRP injection and sports injuries
I attended the AAOS (American Academy of Othopaedic Surgeons) 2012 Annual Meeting where the most up-to-date research on PRP was presented. Several studies reported promising new results for this new therapy.
New study reports 94% ‘return to play’ for athletes who underwent PRP injections.
In one study, researchers demonstrated a 94% “return to play” for athletes who underwent PRP injections for partial ulnar collateral ligament tears. To me, this success shows that many Tommy John surgeries might be avoided by opting for PRP treatment first.
PRP more effective than cortisone
Another study reported that PRP can be more effective than cortisone injections for short-term and long-term relief of severe chronic plantar fasciitis. The bioactive proteins of PRP stimulate healing and cause the degenerative tissue to repair and regenerate itself. Cortisone injections simply mask inflammation and have no healing capabilities. PRP is starting to show more evidence of producing long-lasting relief, and we will keep you updated as more clinical research is reported.
If you have a sports injury or osteoarthritis and have questions about PRP injection and PRP therapy, please ask me in the comments below or contact my orthopaedic office in Hawthorne in Westchester County, New or Fishkill in Dutchess County York. You can also make an appointment by emailing: [email protected].