The XXII Olympic Winter Games are finally underway! In this year’s Winter Olympics more than 2,500 athletes from 88 countries will compete for 294 medals in 15 winter sports. Another fascinating finding in this year’s event is that platelet rich plasma treatment is approved for athletes, provided that it is performed by a licensed professional to treat a diagnosed medical condition. If you ask Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond she would probably say that she couldn’t have been more excited.
Back in October, 2013 the Olympic figure skater actually suffered a torn hamstring in her right leg. Due to the injury she was unable to bear any weight on the leg, nor perform any jumps in her practice/exercises. It would seem that her journey to the Olympics would’ve been put on hold; however the 18 year old figure skater underwent PRP therapy which was administered to her torn right hamstring. The results of the injection were truly amazing, just ask Ravi Walia, Osmond’s figure skating coach. He states that, the injuries are now gone, “When she was able to start jumping, she was able to do everything perfectly. In practice, she’s actually skating the best she ever has.”
Platelet rich plasma therapy is a safe innovative procedure used to treat a variety of conditions. The treatment has been shown to accelerate the healing process of partially torn muscles, tendons and ligaments. It is also an autologous treatment, meaning that the treatment comes from the individual's own body, in particular their blood. The blood is drawn from the patient, centrifuged at very high speeds so it is broken into simpler components, which contain a high concentration of growth factors found within the platelets. Then using ultrasound guidance, the treatment is administered accurately to the damaged tissue and the growth and regeneration process begins!
If you would like to know more about this treatment I welcome you to come in for a consultation at Cross Bay Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation P.C . The office is located in Howard Beach, Queens. When you come in for your visit I will be able to evaluate you for your treatment options and let you know if you are a suitable applicant for this game-changing procedure. What are you waiting for call and make your appointment today!