What do golfer Tiger Woods, football player Hines Ward, tennis star Rafael Nadal have in common? All have received platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for sports injuries.
Studies are inconclusive, but these major athletes and others swear that platelet-rich plasma therapy helps them recover faster and stronger. To learn more, we turned to Seth C. Gamradt, MD, and director of Orthopaedic Athletic Medicine and associate professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery, and James E. Tibone, MD, Moss professor of sports medicine, professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at the USC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC. Both work with USC athletes and other major sports teams like the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lakers, Kings and Rams.