Just prior to the kickoff of superbowl XLIII, on field reporters from NBC credited Hines Ward’s rapid recovery with a knee sprain to Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. According to NBC, Hines Ward had his blood drawn and later had the concentrated platelets injected back into his knee to accelerate healing.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in numerous professional collegiate, & recreational athletes to accelerate recovery from injury. I have seen firsthand that PRP enables athletes to shorten their recovery time without ill effects. While athletes have the luxury of round the clock trainers, this therapy is useful in the weekend warrior as well.
Further studies are underway regarding PRP usage in osteoarthritis. For further information follow www.orthohealing.org/blog