“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!” and if you happen to be Kobe Bryant, then if it worked the first time, why question it? Kobe Bryant is traveling to Germany to have another round of platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Does Platelet Rich Plasma therapy actually work? Well just ask Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley. According to USA sports today the pitcher states that "I'm certainly a believer in it right now," says Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley, who thought he was headed for Tommy John (elbow ligament replacement) surgery last summer.
A recent publication from the American Journal of Sports Medicine, demonstrates that Platelet-Rich Plasma significantly improves the prognosis of patients with chronic tendon injuries, such as tennis elbow. Elbow tenderness and pain with resisted wrist extension are common symptoms of lateral epicondylar tendinopathy, also known as “tennis elbow.”
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy solution is a high concentration of platelets isolated and concentrated by the use of a bidirectional centrifuge. The most important function of platelets for many years was thought to aid in clotting of blood. Currently, this may represent the least important function since platelets contain a significant number of growth factors. PRP is increasingly used to speed up tendon and ligament healing after injury or surgery. Platelets are an important part of the bodies healing response after injury and their concentrated growth factors are the theoretical reasons behind the use of PRP.
Have you been feeling aches and pains in your joints? Noticing that “Father Time” has been knocking on your door? Or those simple tasks such as walking up a flight of stairs, lifting grocery bags or even taking a jump shot have now become daunting or next to impossible tasks? Well, you don’t have to fret any longer; thanks to innovative new procedures in regenerative medicine you can once again perform those tasks at ease.
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