A recent study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) found that athletes who were treated with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections returned to their sport quicker than those who opted for rehabilitation alone.
In fact, the study showed that the PRP patients returned to their sport an average of two weeks sooner, at 26.7 days, compared to 42.5 days in the non PRP group.
Hamstring injuries are very common in the sports world, particularly for track athletes, football players and basketball players. In this trial 28 patients with acute hamstring injuries were randomly allocated PRP therapy alongside a rehabilitation program. Not only did the PRP patients return to play much quicker, but they also reported lower pain scores.
Another study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported no difference between its two control groups. But what’s interesting here is that the different studies used different types of PRP to treat the patients. The study that did show a difference (American Journal of Sports Medicine) used white blood cell enriched PRP (leukocyte enriched PRP), the study that didn’t (New England Journal of Medicine) used white blood cell poor PRP (leukocyte poor PRP).
What’s important here is to recognise that PRP does work very effectively in speeding up recovery time from sports injuries, but that it needs to be the correct type of PRP. Not all injuries are the same, and not all types of PRP are the same.
I think we’re likely to see a big increase in the use of PRP to treat sports injuries. If you’d like more information on how I can use my version of PRP (Dracula Therapy) to help you, there’s more info here or please get in touch. You can comment on this blog post, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet me @DrDanielSister or find me on Facebook. I look forward to hearing from you.