Many high-profile athletes are using PRP therapy to treat serious injuries, such as ACL tears. One athlete is John Terry, captain of the Chelsea soccer team. He recently underwent PRP therapy for an Achilles injury.
On his Instagram he posted a photo of himself with the caption, "PRP Being injured is the most frustrating thing as a player. Working hard to get back fit." He also posted a short video of himself working out his lower body.
"More and more people are turning to PRP as a viable alternative to invasive surgery. "
More and more people are turning to PRP as a viable alternative to invasive surgery. PRP is administered first by extracting a tiny amount of blood from patients and placing it in a centrifuge. From there, doctors separate the blood into plasma, platelets, and white and red blood cells using a special machine. The platelets, which are the middle layer, are then injected into the damaged area. In the case of Terry, that would be his Achilles.
For athletes who might be wondering whether PRP is permitted by the World Anti-Doping Agency, it is. They removed it from its list of prohibited treatments in 2011.
"Despite the presence of some growth factors, platelet-derived preparations were removed from the [prohibited] list as current studies on PRP do not demonstrate any potential for performance enhancement beyond a potential therapeutic effect." However, the WADA does go onto say that "individual growth factors are still prohibited when given separately as purified substances as described in S.2"
If you're thinking about having the therapy completed, contact a reputable doctor who is well trained in alternative medicines and treatments. He or she can ensure the procedure is administered correctly.