Swing changes and PRP help golf champ Wie overcome bursitis

Golf Champ

While PRP has been helpful in treating her bursitis of the hip, continuing injury has been occurring with each swing from US Women’s Open golf champ Michelle Wie. To prevent a complete muscle tear in her hip, her doctors have recommended she revamp her golf swing.

It’s been a tough year for Michelle Wie. After winning the US Women’s Open in 2014, she has shown a steady decline in her quality of play since then.

Declining Performance

Out of her past 24 events, she’s missed or been forced to withdraw from 1/3 of them. A steady stream of ailments contributed to her poor performances, including a finger injury, a respiratory infection, and continuing hip issues.

“It’s been a tough year with my health,” Wie told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview. “As soon as I was getting over my sickness, then I had the hip thing. The hip injury made me realize my body isn’t what it used to be. I am readjusting my body to my aging body. I’m just doing everything I can to keep playing.”

PRP & New Swing Address Underlying Condition

The trademark swing she has cultivated with coach David Leadbetter has surfaced as one of the chief factors of the golf champ’s continued decline. Bursitis of her left hip has been previously treated with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection, but the violent force of her swing has added additional strain on the hip, aggravating the condition. Wie has recently received a second PRP injection in her hip to help accelerate healing as she works on developing a new swing that features a narrower stance, looser grip, and longer swing.

According to Leadbetter, he’s been trying for over a decade to get Wie to narrow her stance to relive stress on her body. Faced with the likelihood of a full muscle tear and possible permanent injury if she doesn’t make changes to relieve strain on her hip, Wie is left with no choice. If she wants to continue competing professionally, she has to revamp her swing.

“I never really did anything major to my swing before,” Wie said. “But I had to do a complete overhaul. It’s the biggest swing change of my career.”

 

About Bursitis of the Hip & PRP

Bursitis is a common injury that results from frequent, repetitive motion. Small, fluid-filled sacs called bursae provide cushion for the muscles, bones, and tendons near joints such as the hip. Bursitis is the condition that occurs when the bursae become inflamed, causing pain, aches, and stiffness in the joint. Swelling and redness may also occur.

In most cases, bursitis is a mild condition and can be treated with rest, ice, and OTC pain relievers. In severe cases, such as the Michelle Wie, acute and/or chronic pain can develop. Over time, repetitive motions such as her golf swing cause repeated minor injuries to the bursae that result in irritation and inflammation in the joints.

Studies have shown that Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) injection can be significantly more effective in treating hip bursitis compared with traditional cortisone injections. PRP works by leveraging the body’s own healing properties by repairing damage from the inside out. A small sample of blood is drawn from the patient (just a couple tablespoons) and spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other blood components. The platelet-rich plasma layer is extracted from the sample, then injected back into the injured area. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis and does not require an overnight stay.

PRP is one of several treatment options for chronic hip pain we offer at Metropolitan Pain Consultants. You don’t have to be a golf champ to seek out regenerative medicine. If you have been experiencing hip pain or other chronic pain conditions, call 201-729-0001 to schedule a consultation with one of our interventional pain management specialists.