David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox is scheduled to receive a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection to his strained right Achilles’ tendon – the same injury which forced him to miss 35 games. Ortiz is no stranger to the beneficial effects of PRP. He had a PRP injection to his right knee in 2007 which he said helped him recover from surgery, so when it was suggested for his current achilles injury he was eager to undergo the procedure again. According to Boston.com, “I had that done before and I believe in it big time,” Ortiz said of the PRP procedure.
PRP is simple procedure which uses a patient’s own blood to treat an injured area naturally. After the blood is drawn, it is placed in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets which are rich in growth factors. Studies have shown these growth factors have promise in treating a wide array of injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Once used only by elite athletes, these injections are now available to anyone suffering from painful injuries or arthritic joints.