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Canty Uses Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Hammy

This is a lot of medical jargon, so I’ll have the Star Ledger explain it:

When Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty met with team doctors in New York Monday, coach Tom Coughlin said he received additional treatment “to try to speed the healing” of his hamstring tear. The procedure he had done was the cutting-edge platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, a team spokesman confirmed.

PRP therapy has taken off in popularity this year among top-tier athletes and received major attention when Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward used it on an MCL sprain prior to Super Bowl XLIII. The procedure jump starts the body’s ability to heal itself, by concentrating the platelets in a sample of the patient’s own blood and re-injecting the PRP into the injured area (Read more about the procedure here).

Canty has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with his hamstring injury, which Coughlin said Sunday was “serious” and “not progressing the way we want it to.” The Giants certainly want their high-priced free agent on the field — especially after another player at his position, Jay Alford, sustained an MCL tear and partial ACL tear in Saturday’s game.

On acute injuries — ones that have just occurred, like Canty’s — PRP therapy can accelerate healing 30 to 50 percent. But certainly the impact it has depends on the nature and severity of the injury, making it difficult to compare cases. It is relevant to note, though, that the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan — where both the Giants and Mets team physicians are based — has used the procedure on its athlete patients before, including earlier this summer with Mets shortstop Jose Reyes’ torn hamstring tendon.

PRP therapy is generally used on ligaments and tendons, as well as muscles. Side effects are limited, but do include soreness at the site of injection. It’s also important to note that this procedure is not blood doping. An NFL spokesman said earlier this summer the league regards it as a medical treatment, not a performance-enhancement agent, so its use is left to the discretion of team physicians.

That’s the science lesson of the day. Many athletes — including Ward — have been helped by PRP, so it will be interesting to see what effect it has on Canty’s recovery.

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One Response to “Canty Uses Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Hammy”

  1. Jason C. says:

    If that’s how they treated Reyes, consider Canty out for the season haha…

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