The thrill of victory…the agony of defeat. Each made more poignant by athletic injuries. Athletes are regularly pushed to their limits, and beyond, sometimes resulting in an injury. Do you ever wonder how your favorite athletes seem to recover so quickly and are back in the game so soon after an injury? Do you wonder if there’s a way you can recover from your injury faster so you can get back to the sport and the active life that you love? Many are turning to platelet-rich plasma treatments (PRP) to get back to the game fast. Platelet-rich plasma therapy has skyrocketed in popularity in every kind of sport imaginable. Some of the most famous athletes have used PRP therapy at one time or another to speed healing of tendons, ligaments, cartilage, muscles, nerves and more. PRP therapy can decrease bench time, speed healing, decrease pain and relieve chronic symptoms.
On the first day of summer 2016, things were looking great for the Texas Rangers and their pitching ace, Colby Lewis. The National League’s Cincinnati Reds were in in town for a couple of interleague games and Lewis and the Rangers, riding a multi-game winning-streak and a 10 game lead over their nearest Western Division competition, were excited about the prospects for the game. Lewis was enjoying the best season of his career, with six wins, no losses and a solid 3.21 ERA. Unfortunately, his first loss would come on this June night and to make matters even worse, he would sustain an injury to the "lat" muscle in his back, potentially ending his season. The best case scenario would be for Lewis to spend two months on the injured player list, but after that much time, the race for the American League pennant will be all but decided. According to
With the start of another Major League Baseball season, one thing is certain: Not all of the players who took the field on opening day will be in the lineup come October. Why? The repetitive stress of throwing a baseball and swinging a bat every day causes injuries, especially among the more veteran (i.e. older) players. The doctors and trainers of baseball players – especially those who are paid large salaries to be on the field every day – discovered a treatment about 10 years ago which speeds up the healing process. It is called platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and it has been used for the rehab of many professional athletes, including NBA star Kobe Bryant, PGA golfer Tiger Woods and MLB player Alex Rodriquez. This therapy has also become popular for those non-professional, “weekend warrior” athletes who might over-do