Baseball Players Turn to PRP to Prevent and Heal Injuries Physician Keeps Players on the Field and out of the Operating Room
For immediate release – PRP is becoming a regular term in the baseball world. Bartolo Colon of the Oakland A’s and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez are 2 MLB players to recently undergo the procedure.
As a result, Charleston Sports Medicine is seeing enormous interest in Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP) among athletes. College of Charleston long relief pitcher, Nick Osterman, is one baseball player that is thankful he chose PRP over the traditional “tommyjohn” surgery. He states, “I threw a fast ball. I knew the instant I tore the ligament in my elbow that something was wrong. I consulted with Dr. Bright McConnell, III from Charleston Sports Medicine, and he suggested I try PRP instead of surgery.”
Less aggressive and less expensive than surgery, PRP therapy uses a patient’s own plasma to trigger a healing cascade. Unlike steroid injections for joint pain relief from injuries like torn ligaments, PRP is proven to actually heal injured tendons, ligaments and tissue. States Ostermann, “It is a great alternative to surgery. My velocity is back. I am throwing as hard as I was before.”
Charleston Sports Medicine specializes in the Orthobiologics treatment known as “platelet rich plasma” or PRP. PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets. Dr. McConnell explains, “The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain large reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration. These bioactive proteins initiate connective tissue healing: bone, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair, promote development of new blood vessels, and stimulate the wound healing process.”
To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient. The blood is placed in a centrifuge, which spins and automatically produces the PRP. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 500%.
When PRP is injected under ultrasound guidance into the damaged area it stimulates the tendon or ligament, causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As a result new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures it begins to shrink causing the tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligaments of the damaged area.Osterman recommends PRP for any athlete that wants to recover from an injury without a grueling recovery process. He states, “Without the PRP shot, I do not think I would be playing baseball right now. I have recommended it to a few of my teammates. It was less invasive, less expensive and got me back out on the field much quicker than traditional surgery.”