Red Sox’ David Ortiz to undergo PRP Therapy for Achilles injury

29 Aug

David Ortiz (aka “Big Papi), the Designated Hitter for the Boston Red Sox is back on the 15 day DL. The right Achilles tendon injury which benched him for 35 games this season was aggravated during Friday night’s game against Kansas City, in which he went 2 for four with a double. Ortiz, who has a career batting average of .285 with 401 homeruns and 1,326 RBI’s, will have a PRP (platelet-rich-plasma) injection this week, in an attempt to heal the injury without surgery.


According to the Boston GlobeOrtiz said he… hoped [the PRP injection] would give him a “60-70 percent’’ chance of getting back to make a contribution during the final 33 games of the season.

“You guys know I live for this [game],’’ he said. “And there’s not one thing that I would like to do more than be out there performing for our fans. I had one [PRP injection] done before and I believe in that big-time.” (His previous PRP injection was in 2007 to help heal a knee injury).

What is a PRP injection?

PRP stand for Platelet Rich Plasma, a treatment which involves using the patient’s own blood to speed healing.  PRP is used to treat Achilles tendon injuries, arthritis,  muscle tears, plantar fasciitis, scar tissue and certain other painful conditions.

How PRP works

A small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and then run through a centrifuge, which draws off and concentrates the platelets and some white blood cells, creating the Platelet Rich Plasma. This is then injected into the injured area to speed up the healing process. Depending on the severity of the injury, the treatment may require 3-7 injections 4-6 weeks apart.

“I thought I was going to be OK until I hit that double and I had to rush out to second base,’’ Ortiz said. “I felt that pain because I was running with the game intensity. The way I feel right now, it wasn’t right.’’

“I want to be careful with it because… if you’re sore, you know your body’s telling you something, and if you continue doing damage on top of it from what you already have, then it costs you a surgery. That’s why we’re trying to be careful.”

Listen to Big Papi! Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong.

PA Foot and Ankle Associates is the Lehigh Valley’s leader in treating foot and ankle-related sports injuries. PAFAA may recommend Platelet Rich Plasma injections when other therapies and anti inflammatory medicines are unsuccessful in eliminating pain.


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