For over fifty years sports medicine experts have been in a continual state of trying to find a way to expedite the healing process of an injured athlete, attain better healing, and reduce the chance for re-injury. The New York Post reported within the last month Alex Rodriguez received a treatment in Germany called Orthokine for the injured knee that caused him to miss significant playing time this past summer. This treatment is similar to a one performed in the United States called Platelet-rich plasma therapy or PRP.
A brief history of Platelet-rich plasma therapy or PRP
Platelet-rich Plasma therapy, or PRP, is becoming increasingly popular among professional and amateur athletes.
“The thought with PRP is that by concentrating the patients’ platelets we can get a concentration of their growth factors and really enhance the body’s own healing response,” said Dr. Dennis A. Cardone, Associate Professor of the Department of Orthopedics at New York University’s School of Medicine. “The theory is that by injecting this platelet rich plasma we would be able to enhance the body’s healing response. Certainly in theory and on paper it makes sense.”
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