In the past, I have written about several injured sports stars, from Kobe Bryant to Peyton Manning, who used Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy to help get back in action faster than they might have with other treatments. Bryant himself has acknowledged that PRP helped extend his brilliant career to age 37, when he finally decided to hang up his sneakers.
Here’s a more recent example of a premier athlete – Steph Curry, the NBA’s first-ever unanimous MVP – turning to PRP at a critical time: after injuring his knee on April 24th during the Golden State Warriors’ playoff series.
Originally Curry was scheduled to miss at least two weeks, which was considered optimistic. But, hoping to return as soon as possible, he tried PRP therapy on the second day after his injury.
What is PRP?
PRP is a simple, non-invasive procedure that provides superior relief for injuries or acute or chronic pain by promoting the body’s natural healing potential. Growth factors are taken from a patient’s own blood and concentrated before being injected back into the body. These concentrated growth factors then accelerate healing. And because PRP uses your own blood to jump-start and accelerate the healing process, it is considered a very low-risk procedure.
At New Jersey Pain Care Specialists, we are experienced in using PRP to treat tendon, ligament and joint injuries that have failed more traditional therapies. Treatable ailments include knee pain, rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, Achilles’ tendon, plantar fasciitis, meniscus tears, bursitis of the hip, and ligament sprains.
Curry Joins the PRP All-Star Team
Here’s a partial list of other athletes who have used PRP – in addition to Kobe Bryant, there’s Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Tiger Woods, David Ortiz, Mark Teixeirra, Alex Rodriguez, Zack Greinke and Hines Ward (who, after being told he would miss Super Bowl XL, was awarded the game MVP). Recently, British footballer John Terry even shared an Instagram photo of himself receiving the treatment.
The week before Curry’s anticipated return, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told sportswriters that there was hope Curry could participate in team scrimmages later that week, and possibly play on Saturday, one day shy of the team’s two-week goal. To be extra careful, Curry returned on Monday night, May 10th, and scored an NBA-record 17 points in overtime to help his team win. After playing only half of the first quarter, he tallied an awesome 40 points for the game.
When you consider that top professional athletes and their teams have access to the best care in the world at any cost, it’s a great vote of support that more and more are choosing PRP as the safest, fastest, most reliable way to heal. Why would you choose anything else? Please contact New Jersey Pain Care Specialists to discuss what PRP can do for your ailment.
At the present time, PRP Treatments are not covered by medical insurance.