Not only are they both elite athletes – with one beginning his professional career and the other a well established professional – both have both adopted platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy to assist in the healing of injuries sustained while playing sport. Not widely known, PRP is effective in speeding up the healing and recovery time of sports injuries.
Procedures such as the PRP injection NJ, assist with more than just sports injuries, problems such as; arthritis, disc herniations, tendonitis, joint cartilage and labral problems, tears and injuries of tendons, ligaments and muscles and tennis and golfer’s elbow. The improved effectiveness of the procedure has made it popular among athletes.
When Trevor Booker of the Washington Wizards developed soreness in his foot, the persistency of the pain forced him to find a solution. Following consultation PRP was decided to be the most effective, since then he has undergone two procedures to assist in his rehabilitation. Athletes and teams are keen to adopt the practice across all sports as Tiger Woods confirmed the use of PRP to speed up his return to golf in 2010 following an elbow injury.
The process requires the drawing of blood, doctors then separate the blood’s plasma via a centrifuge which they then inject back into the injury to ensure a more rapid recovery. There remains however some condescending voices who continue to question the efficacy of the treatment. However its increasing popularity is undeniable and evident as Booker states of the process PRP following the injury, “I definitely felt better the first time. I feel even better the second time”.
With continuous improvements in PRP, its widespread adoption in sport will undoubtedly occur, however, a potential sticking point could prove to be the authorization of the procedure by sports regulatory bodies.