Fitness instructor and competitive runner, Robin Clarke, competed in a 10K race and won – just 10 days after receiving PRP therapy for a torn meniscus.
Clarke is an avid runner, runs in competitive races nearly every weekend. She even competes when on vacation, and she has completed four marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2015.
However, this past summer she felt a nagging pain in her right knee. Clarke said she often experiences any number of “aches, strains and pains,” due to her running and active lifestyle, so she tends to “wait them out and see what happens.”
This pain was not going away. She said the knee hurt for almost four months before she decided to get it checked out.
After having X-rays and an MRI done, she was diagnosed with a meniscus tear. A meniscus tear is a common sports injury. It is usually repaired with arthroscopic surgery. But such a procedure would mean she would be out for the 2016 season.
Not wanting to miss the opportunity to run another Boston Marathon, Clarke looked for other options, like PRP therapy.
Non-Surgical Treatment with PRP Therapy
She discovered a local physician in Bar Harbor that was using Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP Therapy to treat injuries such as hers.
PRP is related to other stem cell injection therapies. These kinds of stem cell injections are at the basis of the new and emerging science of regenerative medicine.
Regenerative medicine is an evolving practice that instead of relying on drugs or surgeries, use your body’s own biological ways of healing and repairing damage. PRP and related stem cell therapies are designed to mimic or stimulate your body’s own healing and regenerative abilities.
In fact, PRP Therapy was one of the earliest such procedures, and its first successful uses were for injuries just like Clarke’s. PRP first become known when some very high-profile athletes such as Tiger Woods used it to help him recover from very similar ligament injuries.
Today, PRP is becoming the standard of care for such injuries, particularly for athletes who cannot afford the downtime of surgery.
There are cases of severe injuries to the meniscus or other tendons that still require surgery. Even in such cases, PRP is used effectively after surgery to speed recovery.
In cases like Clarke’s, where the damage is not from a sudden impact and severe injury but “wear and tear,” PRP alone has been shown to effectively heal the damage.
So what is PRP Therapy and how does it work?
When PRP is injected into damaged tissue, the stem cells and growth factors within will trigger increased growth of new cells and improved blood flow to the area. In a case like Clarke’s, the PRP will be injected into the knee.
When PRP is injected, there is a biological reaction. Your body “thinks” there is an injury at the injection site, and it reacts with a hyper-accelerated healing response.
The specialized healing factors and long-chain proteins in the PRP cause new cells to multiply and divide. PRP also improves blood flow to the area, and helps to repair and rebuild the damaged connective tissue. In an injury like Clarke’s, the PRP also can relive pain and provides overall improvement to the function of the knee joint.
After her PRP procedure which she had in November 2015, Clarke says she, “stayed home with complete bed rest for about 48 hours.” After that she was able to get up and walk, bending her knee a little more each day, and “I ran a 5K, 10 days after PRP, and won it.”
She feels great, continues to train and looks forward to running the Boston Marathon in April.
Other Effective PRP Therapies
PRP has been used effectively to treat many other painful injuries to muscles and joints. In addition to knees, PRP Therapy is being used for pain and injuries in similar joints such as the wrist, hips, elbows and shoulders. All of these joints are subject to the same wear and tear, and sports related injuries as the knees. As such, they have all been treated effectively with Platelet Rich Plasma injections
But, the remarkable healing properties of PRP Therapy do not stop with muscle and orthopedic problems!
Platelet Rich Plasma is also being used to improve the sex lives of countless men and women. PRP is the main component of the popular O-shot for women. PRP is also the healing basis of my own recently trademarked erectile dysfunction (ED) cure for men — the Gains Enhancement™
PRP injections such as Gains Enhancement™ are a drug-free, surgery-free alternative treatment for men with ED. Thanks to the growth factors in PRP, the Gains Enhancement™ is one of the only non-surgical treatments for ED that can also add length to your penis!
Have you or anyone you know tried any PRP Therapies? What were the results?
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