Seven years ago Dr. David Crane, of Crane Clinic Sports Medicine and Dr. Michael Scarpone, currently the team physician for the Pittsburgh Pirates, started looking at some of the information coming out of Germany in regards to biologics. After doing so, he started using Platelet-rich plasma therapies in his practice.
Now, Dr. Crane has seen 10,000 plus patients, treated 7,500 patients with PRP and many of his patients have been professional and collegiate athletes.
“I tell people basically we are working on the linkages — the connections between tendon and bone, tendon and muscle,” said Dr. Crane. “That’s usually where things tear and have chronic breakdown between tendon and bone and tendon and muscle, or between the meniscus and the bone or the fibers.”
Dr. Crane says sometimes a tear occurs in the middle of the tendon but usually he see’s it where the tendon meets another structure. “Or, they fall apart, they get disease or tendinopathy. Tendinopathy has been the bane of everyone’s existence for over 50 years.…