Public awareness of PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy has been increasing this year following the news of Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward receiving an injection which allowed him to play in the super bowl with an MCL knee sprain.
It appears that Xavier Nady, outfielder for the New York Yankees received a PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma Injection) in efforts of avoiding surgery for an ulnar collateral ligament partial tear. Generally this injury requires Tommy John surgery in appx 75% of cases. However if PRP is injected in the early stages of injury there is a good chance of avoiding surgery. Takashi Saito while he was with the LA Dodgers successfully recovered without needing surgery for a reportedly similar injury.
I have seen remarkable results in both elite professional athletes as well as weekend warriors. For those looking to learn more about this procedure and the exciting realm of stem cells and biologics, view my web site & blog. There is access to my published PDF review article on my web site. We are conducting several studies and will publish new data this year.
Dr Steven Sampson