Spring Training and the Cactus League are in full swing in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Fans are tailgating, eating ballpark food, singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and watching athletes perform at a high level. But, baseball players (and fans) know all too well the physical toll that the sport can have on players’ bodies. With each Major League Baseball team playing 162 games in the regular season alone, how is an athlete supposed to hold up to the inevitable pain and injuries? Luckily, there are more treatment options than ever to help players manage pain and reduce the impact of injuries on their performance. The following medical treatments may not be as magical as a perfect game, but they are pretty revolutionary and their potential for pain management cannot be overstated.
player to undergo the surgery, is a major operation frequently needed by pitchers to reconstruct their elbows as a result of the huge amounts of stress the joint undergoes in the course of throwing impossibly fast, accurate pitches. Because the surgery almost surely is season-ending for even an otherwise-healthy player, many athletes attempt to manage pain with medications and topical creams, often further aggravating the injury by continuing to put strain on it while they “play through.” Nobody wants to be out of their respective jobs for months. Extensive loss of time can have a significant impact mentally, financially and obviously physically. However, with the advent of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, many players are finding that they are able to postpone or even avoid the hazards, recovery time and long rehabilitative period associated with the surgery altogether. In fact, in one peer-reviewed study, 67 percent of professional baseball players who had ulnar collateral ligament injuries were able to return to professional play again after receiving Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy treatments.
In addition to Tommy John injuries in MLB pitchers, team doctors prescribe PRP treatments for a growing number of soft tissue injuries, including muscle strains (Also known as muscle “tweaks,” “sprains” or “tears,” muscle groups primarily used in running, throwing and batting—those in the legs or abdominals areas—are the most prone to fall victim to the injury).
So should you consider PRP Therapy to manage pain associated with your injury? In the words of L.A. Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, “There’s no downside to trying it. It won’t hurt you.” But please don’t just take his word for it—get a personal consultation with a healthcare professional to be sure you are a good candidate.
- 5 years ago
Categories: Pain Management Systems