With PRP Therapy, You Don’t Have to Be a Pro Athlete to be Treated Like One
What do you have in common with Deron Williams, Zack Greinke, Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward? If you suffer from arthritis, the same treatment that has kept these injured professional athletes in the game can relieve your pain and help you resume your normal activities.
Pro Athletes Choose PRP Treatments for Pain Management
In recent years, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has become the non-surgical treatment of choice for a growing roster of professional athletes with joint injuries. Doctors spin the athlete’s own blood through a centrifuge — concentrating the platelets, which include growth factors that help the body heal. The platelets are then injected back into the problem area.
It was mid-February, and the 2013 NBA playoffs were on the horizon. Deron Williams, a three-time All Star who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, was struggling with sore ankles. His explosiveness was gone and his statistics dropped. Following PRP treatments on his ankles, Williams played more aggressively and increased his points-per-game average from 16.4 to 23.3.
Before he pitched a game for his new team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Zack Greinke was experiencing discomfort in his multimillion-dollar elbow. With opening day approaching, PRP therapy was a no-brainer solution. The same procedure helped Dodgers ace Chad Billingsley avoid major ligament replacement surgery in 2012. Both pitchers got off to great starts in 2013.
The list of successful PRP treatments in professional sports goes on and on — dating back to 2009, when and received it before helping the Pittsburgh Steelers win their NFL-record sixth Super Bowl.
“The emergence of PRP therapy is great news for everyone, not just pro athletes and their fans,” said Edward Magaziner, MD, medical director of the Center for Spine, Sports, Pain Management, and Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine in North Brunswick, N.J. Since 2003, Dr. Magaziner has used this procedure to bring relief to more than 1,000 arthritic patients in New Jersey and across the U.S.
Not a pro athlete, but looking for a solution to your pain? Dr. Magaziner would like to hear from you.