Four Famous Celebrities Using PRP Therapy
If you’ve watched football, baseball, or even golf, it’s fairly certain you’ve seen someone become injured and carted off the field. The strange thing is, these huge athletes sustain nasty injuries that should threaten their careers, but they always make a huge comeback sooner than anticipated. There’s a treatment for that called PRP.
PRP is short for Platelet-Rich Plasma. When we become injured, there’s a reason why blood flows to that area and it swells up. But sometimes, blood has a difficult time getting where it needs to go to heal the damaged tissue. But what happens if you inject a super-concentrate of these healing platelets into the area of injury? Well, if you listen to personal trainers and superstar athletes alike, you get faster healing.
PRP therapy involves taking a simple blood sample from the patient and spinning it in a centrifuge to ensure all the healing platelet-rich plasma material rises to the top. The medical professionals then take this plasma, which is now in concentrated form, and inject it into the wound so it gets the platelets where they need to go.
Advancements in Physical Therapy and Skin Care
PRP therapy isn’t a new concept. It’s been around since the 1990s as a means of helping bones heal if there’s a spinal injury or even to help the tissue heal after plastic surgery. Actresses like Angelina Jolie and Kim Kardashian used the PRP treatments to help boost their youthful glow. Jolie specifically got what’s called a “Dracula Facelift”, which is an injection in the face designed to boost the production of collagen in her face.
Kim Kardashian got the “Vampire Facial”, which almost looks like specks of blood covering her face. It looks much worse than it really is, as the platelet-rich plasma covers her skin and does its thing melting away wrinkles and healing the skin.
Another big fan of PRP therapy is Tiger Woods. He’s been known for getting multiple injections in his bad knee. In fact, he got into a little bit of trouble as he was preparing to return to the Masters. The doctor he worked with to get the PRP injections was under investigation for potential ties to using human growth hormone, but Tiger himself was cleared of any wrongdoing. There was no link to human growth hormone and Tiger’s miraculous healing from a knee injury.
Sadly, knee injuries are common for professional athletes. They’re often putting a lot of pressure on their knees to do all the work and it can often lead to osteoarthritis. Kobe Bryant, perhaps one of the greatest basketball players of our generation, had to decide between seeking out an experimental treatment or retiring early.
Thankfully for his fans, Bryant made several trips to Germany to get PRP injections and essentially heal his knee problems, allowing him to finish out his career on his terms. To most of the celebrities and athletes alike who get the PRP injections, they often rave about its effectiveness to repair tissue damage.