Recently, platelet-rich plasma is being used to treat tendon and cartilage injuries. A Dubai orthopaedic specialist talks about the experimental treatment that has risen in popularity after being used by elite athletes such as Rafael Nadal and Tiger Woods.
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.thenational.ae
Dr Harold Vanderschmidt, an Orthopedic Surgeon in Dubai, who has treated approx. 800 patients using PRP since 2012, reminds us that:
“The treatment is not a pain medicine… and, in fact, can result in more pain for up to two weeks after the injection.”
(That’s because PRP triggers a healing response, which is initiated by inflammation.)
Inflammation is the first stage of the healing process of injured tissue and there’s no way around that.
But it sounds like this Surgeon has a high success rate with it, and most of his patients don’t end up needing surgery.
Looks like he still believes in trying other methods before resorting to PRP injections though, and he uses it:
“…only when the patient has tried different treatment models and they are not working.”