tiger woods prp

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Many high profile athletes struggle from severe injuries throughout their careers. Professional golfer, Tiger Woods, is no exception. Woods suffered from an injury in 2008 that resulted in an ACL reconstruction. Woods struggled to regain his strength and function in his knee after the surgery. After undergoing different treatment options to regain his function, he decided to give Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy a try. He received 4 injections of PRP to his knee ligament (LCL) following a slow post-operative recovery from the ACL reconstruction. He claims the therapy was successful and he felt strong following his return to the Masters.

After recovering from his knee injury, Woods injured his Achilles tendon, adversely affecting his driving distance. After experiencing success with PRP injections on his knee, Woods decided to try the therapy again on his Achilles injury. Did those injections help? Well, in 2009 he had one of the best years of his career. Recovering from Achilles surgery can take 6 months to a year before feeling back to normal. Woods was able to avoid surgery, make the cut in 16 out of 17 events he played, win 6 events, place second in three others, and earn more than $10 million on the tour alone. This speaks to the effectiveness of PRP and athlete recovery.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is becoming an increasingly popular option for people who don’t want to endure surgery or be on prescription medications to relieve joint pain. The therapy is quick, non-invasive, and has little to no side effect risk. Athletes at the top of their game such as Kobe Bryant, Alex Rodriguez, and Hines Ward have all been linked to successful PRP therapy in the past. PRP therapy has been used to treat many athletes and weekend warriors.

Dr. Deutsch is an orthopedic surgeon in Houston who is performing and studying this ground-breaking form of treatment in orthopedics. If you think PRP therapy might be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Deutsch. It’s a viable treatment for anyone who wants to avoid surgery and dependence on prescription medications. Be on the lookout for more emerging studies coming soon!

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