Sunday, February 1, 2009

Platelet Rich Plasma (Blood Injection) reportedly used on Hines Ward's Knee in Superbowl

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Just prior to the kickoff of superbowl XLIII, on field reporters from NBC credited Hines Ward's rapid recovery with a knee sprain to Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. According to NBC, Hines Ward had his blood drawn and later had the concentrated platelets injected back into his knee to accelerate healing.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has been used in numerous professional collegiate, & recreational athletes to accelerate recovery from injury. I have seen firsthand that PRP enables athletes to shorten their recovery time without ill effects. While athletes have the luxury of round the clock trainers, this therapy is useful in the weekend warrior as well.

Further studies are underway regarding PRP usage in osteoarthritis. For further information follow


Anonymous said...

Dr. Sampson you are right on - - what great exposure to PRP treatments. Ryan-Orogen Biosciences.

Anonymous said...

I heard Arthrex ACP was the system used.

Anonymous said...

Yes, NBC sideline reporter Andrea Kremer did give a layman's overview of the PRP procedure used to speed the healing of Hines Ward's sprained MCL. It was clear to us PRP "followers" out here that's what she was describing before kickoff.

But let's give credit where credit is due: the first PUBLISHED SCIENTIFIC study of the effectiveness of PRP for chronic tendinosis appeared in the Nov. 2006 issue of The American Journal of Sports Medicine, authored by US PRP researcher Allan Mishra, MD, of Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Mishra has lectured extensively internationally on the use, potential use, and effectiveness of PRP for various musculoskeletal conditions. In the January 2009 issue of Clinics in Sport Medicine he has an excellent review article on PRP. There are many ways to "do" PRP (buffering the platelets, not buffering them, etc. etc.) and we need to establish some standards for PRP use to get optimal patient results. And so the research is ongoing.

More on Dr. Mishra's research can be found at:

Anonymous said...

ABT Medical is a company based in Boynton Beach, FL, and we offer PRP services to more than 23 hospitals. ABT means Autologous Blood Therapy. We see great results every day. We use it in C-Section & OBGYN, Orthopedics, Vascular & General Surgery. My wife had a baby 4 months and we used it on her C-section (it worked wonders). One of the Surgeons that work with us used it on her C-Section 3 weeks ago, and she will be back in the operation room operating on her patients this wednesday. We believe in the product and capabilities so much that our entire business focus is being shifted to this new product.
If anybody has questions, or need refernces you can contact us at

By The Blood, Inc. said...

My medical service company By The Blood, Inc. has been providing autologous blood therapy (ABT)and the application of platelet rich plasma (PRP) to physicians since 2005. We have seen amazing results regarding patient's ability to heal at an excellerated rate with less pain, less swelling, less bruising, and less down time with such procedures as total joint replacements, ACL repairs and reconstructions, Rotater Cuff repairs. It is good to see PRP get some recognition and hopefully educate the public regarding the benefits of PRP. By The Blood, Inc. has recently participated injections in the knee and elbow of patients and looks forward to developing this part of our business. By The Blood, Inc. services the greater Hot Springs, AR area.

Dr. Steve Sampson said...

I would just like to respond to the recent post regarding "PRP Followers."
I agree that the pilot study published by Allan Mishra MD in the American Journal of Sports Medicine on treating tennis elbow with Platelet Rich Plasma has positively contributed to the medical field's understanding and acceptance of this promsing treatment. However PRP usage has been documented safely in the literature for over 20 years beginning in maxillo-facial & cardiac surgery. (please refer to my published PRP review article found on

I strongly belive that the more minds we have on the advancement of PRP and other orthobiologic technologies, the more opportunities patients have to heal without surgery. We as physicans and researchers all have something valuable to contribute in the advancement of medicine. We need to put our patients first at all times!

I welcome PRP use as progressive physicians are pushing the envelope to offer more innovative treatments. This will ultimately contribute to a greater understanding of PRP use and its ideal applications. Many studies through various physicians are underway both in the US and internationally. I will be publishing my pilot study on knee arthritis soon and I have applied for a NIH (National Institute of Health) research grant for 2009. Lastly there is a multi-center FDA study on tennis elbow underway.
PRP training is available for doctors to learn the procedure in my office to ensure that they uphold the highest standards.
Dr Steven Sampson

Scott Lee said...

Does PRP work for labral and rotator cuff tears?
I am a professional musician in NYC and I need to work. The recovery time for a surgical procedure is a problem.

Scott Lee

Anonymous said...

Does PRP work for labral and rotator cuff injuries?
I am a professional jazz musician in NYC, and cannot afford to lose work while recovering from surgery.
Is this an option?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous post says "arthrex acp was the system used". I have an inside source in the NFL that says it was Biomet's PRP product. If you look at the science between the two, acp does not have the required number of growth factors to be therapeutic. This is the same reason that Arthrex's ACP was kicked out of Stanford and Biomet's PRP is the only platelet rich plasma allowed in the OR.