Olympic Skier Daron Rahlves Uses Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy to Speed Recovery

Olympic Skier

Olympic skier Daron Rahlves had a remarkable injury in 2010: he dislocated his hip. The skier’s injury isn’t uncommon in the sport, but his recovery speed was – just 3 short weeks after sustaining the injury, he was back racing again, thanks in part to PRP therapy.

Rahlves Recovery Using Cutting-Edge PRP Treatment

Using a combination of physical therapy, magnetic pulse therapy, acupuncture, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, Daron Rahlves was able to compete in Ski Cross as the 2010 Vancouver Games just 3 weeks after dislocating his hip. Although he did not win a medal, Rahlves was still pleased with his performance.

“Just to be back, take this kind of beating and be on my feet three weeks after a dislocated hip was pretty outstanding,” Rahlves shared in an article for USA Today.

PRP for Olympic & Professional Athletes

Rahlves is one of many athletes to come out of retirement to compete in the Olympic games. He originally retired from World Cup Racing (alpine skiing) in 2006 after 12 World Cup victories. He also earned 3 World Championship medals from 2001-2005. He was named to the US Olympic team as a freestyle skier for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

More and more, Olympic skier and pro athletes are turning to cutting-edge medical treatments like PRP therapy to speed their healing time after injury. After all, they rely on their bodies to perform and can lose a lot from extended recovery times that could keep them from competing on the ice or on the field. Innovative medical treatments such as PRP offer anon-surgical alternative that is approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency, provided the injections are not applied to the muscles. (They are typically applied to joints such as the knee, elbow, or hip.)

About Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, a form of regenerative medicine, involves removing small sample whole blood from the patient. Stem cells are collected from this blood, concentrated, and injected back into the injury site. Mesenchymal stem cells act as repair cells to reduce inflammation and maintain healthy tissues.

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