Want to avoid invasive surgery? That's not shocking. Likely everyone would if they could. And interestingly, many people actually can with platelet-rich plasma therapy.
Take for example UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who recently underwent PRP therapy after he tore his right adductor muscle prior to his scheduled fight in UFC 206, according to MMA Junkie. Cormier noted that he couldn't train correctly for the contest, and he was forced to withdraw.
To treat the injury, Cormier went to a doctor and had PRP injected into the injured part of his body. Cormier is now itching to continue his fighting career.
"I've got to get back into the octagon," Cormier said, according to MMA Junkie. "I want to fight. I want to fight Anthony Johnson. He deserves the opportunity, so I'm trying my best to get healthy. Hopefully, it happens very soon, and we fight this spring."
This isn't the first time Cormier has had PRP therapy. In 2014 he underwent the therapy and stem cell injections to treat a balking knee he'd been dealing with for years. One of Cormier's inspirations to come back was actually Kobe Bryant – former star player for the Los Angeles Lakers – who received a treatment called Orthokine after he tore his Achilles tendon.
"Kobe was OK in a matter of months," Cormier said, according to MMA Junkie. "He was able to start the season after people thought that [due to] his age, he would be out much, much longer."
Bryant injured his knee with three games to go in the 2012-2013 season, according to Bleacher Report, after he pushed off his left foot to try to score a basket. Bryant heard a pop and immediately knew he injured himself.
His injury was serious – a third-degree tear that would put on him on the shelf for some time – but he chose to treat it with Orthokine. This procedure is slightly different than PRP because doctors manipulate blood cells, whereas PRP only separates and concentrates the cells. However, what this shows is that alternative surgeries can work, and that athletes with millions of dollars on the line aren't afraid to use them.
If you're wondering whether PRP therapy (or another alternative surgery type) may work for you, don't hesitate to call Longevity & Stem Cell Centre of Houston. We'll examine your condition, address your concerns and suggest ways to treat your injury or health problems.
Daniel Cormier and other star athletes have turned to alternative surgeries, such as PRP, to heal devastating injuries. But they're not just for athletes. You too can schedule these treatments.