BlogHer featured my last post!

Exciting news flash: My last post about Platelet Rich Plasma caught the eye of the BlogHer editors, and they featured it in their blogger spotlight! Yesterday it was on the home page of the BlogHer site, and it’s still on the front of their Sports section.

BlogHer is the largest community of women who blog: they have 50 million unique visitors per month. They host conferences and events also. BlogHer’s stated mission is “to create opportunities fo women who blog to gain exposure, education, community and economic empowerment.”

I’m happy to have received this recognition for my work, and they even gave me a “badge” to put in my sidebar — check it out!

 

Platelet Rich Plasma: if it helped A-Rod, Kobe and Tiger, could it help me?

We’ve heard about professional athletes who’ve had miraculous reductions in pain after receiving injections of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) — for example, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who won the Super Bowl in 2009 only a short time after undergoing this innovative treatment. While PRP is new enough that health insurance companies still aren’t reimbursing for it, it’s becoming more widely available to recreational athletes through sports medicine clinics. And the results are promising.

The Platelet Rich Plasma treatment involves removing a syringe of the patient’s own blood and then spinning it in a centrifuge to separate out “platelet-rich plasma” from the blood’s other components. Just the PRP is injected back into the patient. At this point, PRP’s principal use among recreational athletes has been for situations involving tendonitis — such as Achilles tendon issues or tennis elbow.

 

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Tennis elbow. When I experienced tennis elbow five years ago, I was fortunate to be able to rid myself of the problem by taking several months off, getting accupuncture, physical therapy and Graston. This time, however, I just couldn’t shake it. My doctor and I decided it was time for either elbow surgery or PRP.   [Read more…]