Is The Jury Still Out on PRP?

JAAOS article examines the latest research on platelet-rich plasma

Jennie McKee

In 2009, The New York Times reported that professional football player Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers underwent platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for a sprained medial collateral ligament. The Times noted that approximately 2 weeks after undergoing this treatment, Mr. Ward—who also underwent rehabilitation and hyperbaric oxygen therapy—went on to help his team win Super Bowl XLIII, making two catches in the National Football League championship game. Mr. Ward credited PRP therapy with helping him recover quickly and get back on the field.

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