PRP therapy allows star athlete to return to diamond sooner

Advanced Orthopedic Specialists offers promising treatment within your own blood

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (May 17, 2012) – Nick Harris, former Southeast Missouri Redhawks centerfielder, Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez all have something in common – PRP therapy.  After suffering a shoulder injury, Harris opted to take a nonsurgical treatment approach, platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy, which utilizes the body’s own healing potential and is frequently used on professional athletes.

Dr. Jimmy D. Bowen, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, restored function in Harris’ shoulder using PRP therapy, isolating the body’s natural healing properties called platelets. “I took a small amount of Harris’ blood and rotated it in a centrifuge to separate and concentrate the platelets,” explains Dr. Bowen. “We have learned that platelets release growth factors that stimulate repair.”

Within one week of treatment, the collegiate baseball player and avid fisherman was bass fishing pain-free and now looks forward to competing as a professional bass fisherman in the seasons to come. Additionally, Harris was able to complete his baseball season at Southeast Missouri State University, and since graduation, Harris has returned to the baseball diamond as a coach and throws 400 to 500 balls a day without pain in his shoulder.

For more information on PRP therapy, contact Advanced Orthopedic Specialists’ sports medicine team by calling (573) 335-8257.

The sports medicine leaders at Advanced Orthopedic Specialists offer sports medicine care for college and high school athletes in the region of Southeast Missouri and proudly serve as the official team physicians for Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Central High School, Jackson Senior High School and Notre Dame Regional High School. The practice’s nine physicians’ combined 109 years of experience offers specialized treatment and care of the shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, hip and knee, foot and ankle, sports medicine, pain management, physical medicine and rehabilitation, total joint replacement and total joint revision. For more information on Advanced Orthopedic Specialists and its physicians, visit www.advancedorthopedicspecialists.com.

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