The widespread participation in Martial arts has witnessed and increased risk of injuries that might occur from contact, overstraining or falls.
During the past few years, much has been discussed about the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) technique and its potential effectiveness in the treatment of sports injuries. Many famous MMA athletes — Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Daniel Cormier, Jose Aldo and several others — have received PRP for various issues, such as sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries. While these types of conditions have typically been treated with medications, physical therapy, or even surgery, doctors are increasingly reverting to rich plasma technique of blood platelets as an alternative or an addition to their practices.
What Is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)?
Blood is mainly constituted of plasma, red cells, white cells, and platelets – best known for their role in clotting blood. Platelets also contain growth factor proteins that regulate cell growth and division, and help heal injuries. PRP (Platelet-rich Plasma) is plasma with a hight concentration of platelets — and, thereby, a concentration of growth factors.
To obtain a PRP, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are then separated from other blood cells through a process called centrifugation, and then mixed with the patient’s own blood sample until a platelet concentration above baseline is attained.
How Does PRP Work?
The inflamed tissue can be either directly injected with the PRP preparation, alongside a local anesthetic, or it can be injected with the PRP preparation during surgery. This would be the case of a completely torn tendon for example that requires surgery to repair, thus improving the healing by treating the injured area with PRP.
What Conditions are Treated with PRP?
PRP is mostly used in the treatment of Chronic Tendon Injuries, Acute Ligament and Muscle Injuries, Surgery, Knee Arthritis, or Fractures.
Treatment with PRP holds great promise and has actually witnessed a lot of success stories. Currently, however, research studies to back up the claims are still lacking.
Remember: Aside from injuries, healthy conducts is as equally important during and after exercising to avoid injuries and body infections from the surrounding environment, so in a related field a hygienic care is highly recommended. Use an anti-bacterial product such SAFEGUARD Liquid Hand Soap to maintain clean body and hands after a long workout routine.