Monday, November 9, 2009

Platelet Rich Plasma and Athlete Healing

The Chicago Daily Herald published an article about the potential benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma. The 11/9 article cites Eric Hedstrom, a Purdue offensive lineman, who has battled constant injury through his college career. Hedstrom missed the majority of last season with a shoulder blowout that required surgery. Following the initial surgery, it took Eric 3 months before he was able to remove his arm from the sling.

On the opening day of practice this season, Hedstrom re-injured the shoulder and was faced with the same situation from the previous season. This season however, he had a new treatment option: Platelet Rich Plasma.

Hedstrom opted for the therapy under the guidance of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox team doctor, Dr. Romeo. Since having Platelet Rich Plasma injected into his injury, Hedstrom has seen promising results. "So far," he says, "its healing a lot faster and a lot better." His arm is out of the sling and being strengthened after a month.

The article notes that it is not just high-level athletes Platelet Rich Plasma might benefit. The Therapy may benefit everyone from high school track runners to the elderly.

The mother of an injured high school athlete who received PRP in a bone injury and recovered, had this to say about those debating whether to receive the therapy: "I would say defenitely get it. Because its not going to hurt you, but there's always the possibility that it could help you."

To read the full article, click here.

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