Sunday, October 5, 2008
Platelet Rich Plasma used on Los Angeles Dodger Pitcher Takashi Saito
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma has seen increased use in professional athletes. Recently, Takashi Saito, a star pitcher for the LA dodgers suffered a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. In efforts to accelerate healing and to avoid a Tommy John surgery, Saito elected to receive the prp injection graft. As a result, He was able to pitch in the playoffs without limitations.
We have treated other professional athletes with similar results. PRP can be thought of in both high level athletes to accelerate recovery or in chronic non-healing injuries that have persisted despite conservative treatment or even surgery.
Hopefully as more high level athletes receive this treatment, it will increase awareness about this procedure that has very little downside and tremendous potential.
Also, Stanford University Football players have been receiving platelet Rich Plasma injection grafts with success.
There is currently a multi-center FDA study on tennis elbow that will be enrolling more patients soon.
Also we are working on another PRP knee arthritis study based on the previously successful pilot study.