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BID Injury Report

Do PRP Injections Help Injuries Heal?

A Closer Look at a Popular Treatment Among Pro Athletes

by Gary Gillis


Red Sox Starting RHP Clay Buchholz



Fenway Park has seen its share heroic players battling through injuries, but this one takes the cake: for two nights in July, the guy in the outfield played for three hours on a broken leg.

Now, that guy might have more rock hits than base hits, and instead of a brown leather glove, he wields a Gibson guitar, light blue. But the fact remains – Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl gave a hall-of-fame performance during his band's two-night stint at Fenway, despite the leg fracture he suffered after a nasty tumble last month.

Watching him make the best of it confined to his custom-designed wheelchair (more of a throne actually) was a sight to behold, but it got me thinking – couldn't the best medicine money can buy get him back on his feet a little quicker? The answer is… possibly.

Platelet-rich plasma injection therapy, or PRP, is one of several types of treatments known as regenerative medicine. The goal is to hasten healing in injured tendons, cartilage, muscle, or bone. Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz received a PRP injection last week to treat a right flexor strain. Earlier this year, Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman received a PRP injection to treat his injured elbow. He's since undergone season-ending Tommy John surgery…

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