At the Rio 2016 Olympics, Andre De Grasse became the first Canadian to win Olympic medals in all three sprint events. In 2017, he was all set to dominate the World Athletics Championships, that is until he suffered an unfortunate second-grade injury to his hamstring.
The following year, a second injury to his right hamstring cut his season short for good. While he did eventually make a late return that year, he was unable to match his Rio 2016 performance. Despite rest and rehabilitation, the injury had taken a permanent toll on him.
Hamstring injuries have the highest rate of recurrence compared to any other gait-related injury. They involve a strain or tear in the muscles near the back of the thigh. Traditionally, the recovery process requires around four months of extensive rehabilitation exercises. However, thanks to PRP therapy, this process can be cut down to just one or two weeks.
So what is PRP therapy—and how does it help treat hamstring injuries? We’ve answered all your questions right here.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy involves a concentration of platelets being extracted from one’s blood. White platelets contain an abundance of enzymes and growth factors that are known to accelerate tissue regeneration.
The concentrated platelet-rich solution is injected into the affected area, and this triggers the healing process. The person may receive a few more treatments to reinforce growth and ensure progress.
How Can PRP Therapy Treat Hamstring Injuries?
Moderate hamstring tears can heal on their own—but they require time. Applying a cold compress and taking anti-inflammatory painkillers can relieve the pain. Additionally, strengthening and stretching exercises can help strengthen the leg. But none of these ‘solutions’ impact the actual tear itself.
On the other hand, PRP therapy targets the affected area and allows it to heal much faster. Regenerative treatment can heal hamstring injuries quicker and have more permanent results. Here are some of the major benefits:
- It is minimally invasive
The procedure only requires around 60cc of blood from the patient. A concentrate is developed from that blood, which is injected into the injured area. No incisions are needed, and no surgical procedure is involved.
- It requires little to no recovery time
Physical therapy can take around four to six months. The recovery period can be quite demanding and requires downtime that most people—especially elite athletes—are unable to commit to.
- The risk of side effects or future complications is low
The results of PRP therapy have been overwhelmingly positive. Other than some minor inflammation due to the injection, few side effects or complications have been reported.
Schedule an appointment for regenerative therapy today by calling 1 855 847 3975.