In 2011, Indiana Colts quarterback Peyton Manning had to sit out the whole season due to a serious neck injury that required two major surgeries to treat. While the Colts released Manning during his recovery, he made his return to the field in 2012 with the Denver Broncos with a stunning comeback season that saw him make 37 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, earning him the title of NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
He would go on to play three more seasons with the Broncos, crowning his final season in 2015 with his second Super Bowl title at the ripe age of 39, making him the oldest starting quarterback in league history to do so.
Later on, it was revealed that there was a secret to his post-injury success. In between his surgeries, Manning had undergone a pluripotent stem cell therapy in Europe to aid his recovery. In the past few years, hundreds of NFL players and other athletes have sought out stem cell treatments for the natural, non-invasive healing they afford for their sport injuries.
Stem cell sport injury treatments are great for professional and amateur athletes because they don't require the same lengthy convalescence and rehabilitation time surgeries do. They also help avoid or treat long-term damage caused by strenuous physical activity, like arthritis, by repairing joint tissue.
Also, because stem cell therapy using regenerative medicine is completely natural, there are no concerns about stem cell treatments causing dangerous side effects or affecting drug tests the way some steroids used for recovery can.
One of the best stem cell treatments for sport injuries specific is platelet rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy.
The way PRP treatment works is that the patient's blood is drawn to isolate the growth factor rich platelet cells within special centrifuges. The PRP is then re-injected into the patient so that its potent growth factors can re-invigorate joints and soft tissue. These aspects of PRP therapy have particular applications for healing muscle injuries, tendinopathy, and osteoarthritis, which athletes are particularly susceptible to.
PRP treatment is especially beneficial to baseball players to heal the long-term damage caused by strenuous pitching. For instance, Baltimore Orioles players Zach Britton, Chris Davis and Dylan Bundy all undertook PRP therapy in order to help heal from or prepare for surgeries between 2012 to 2014.Hundreds of professional athletes have embraced stem cell treatments for sport injury. Here's why you should too.
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