Sunday, February 01, 2009

Super Bowl Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment

Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Hines Ward did in fact have a platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment. This was confirmed by late Monday. He was apparently treated with PRP for a medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain. The specific form of PRP has yet to be declared but it is apparent that he was treated with plasma that contained an increased concentration of platelets. This by the definition proposed by Dr. Marx, is indeed platelet rich plasma.

Previously, PRP has been used to treat the same injury in major league soccer players. On the second play of the game, Mr. Ward caught a 38 yard pass and contributed significantly to the Steelers' Super Bowl win.

The reporting on the novel treatment by NBC just prior to his important catch was excellent timing. Good work! For more information about PRP, please visit:



Justin said...

If he did receive PRP Therapy, why was it used as a treatment and was a perfusionist involved.

Anonymous said...

Because PRP is a treatment. We have injected PRP ultrasound guided for tendon and ligament tears once and they have healed. A perfusionist does not necessarily have to provide the treatment. It was probably the team Physician who injected the PRP under ultrasound guided.

Anonymous said...

That's what PRP does. I spun down my wife's blood and used it on her c-section.

Johanna said...

Here is an article I found saying he used an oxygen chamber to stimulate the production of red blood cells.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2009
Questionable? Hines Ward says he's playing
Before then, he'll have some additional help with his rehab.

Ward shipped a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to the team hotel - yes, just like the device Michael Jackson once used. Ward believes it stimulates the production of red blood cells and will hasten his recuperation from the same type of injury that sidelined running back Willie Parker for a month this season.
Ward is listed as questionable for the Sunday night game against Arizona, and coach Mike Tomlin said he won't practice Wednesday, the same routine Ward followed all season. Ward hopes to take part Thursday in what will be the Steelers' final, full-scale practice on Thursday. said...

As a registered nurse and PRP provider it is good to see that PRP is getting the attention that it deserves regarding the healing properties and anti-inflamatory benefits associated with PRP. or

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