Awwww... The hubs got hurt at last Wednesday's game. A combination hit from another player and the darn board a few minutes into the game. When he went down on the ice, my heart sank into my toes. My husband got up, in what I can imagine was pain, and skated towards the bench while holding the boards. I wish I had the video clip so I could show you. So that's how it happened.
The doctor took a look at it after the game in the locker room and suggested doing a "blood injection". This is a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection where they take your own blood, spin your blood plus mixing agents for growth factors and inject it back into the knee to accelerate healing. Outch!! This has been used a few times on other players to shorten the recovery. Per the doctor it gives a great result to heal at an excellerated rate and promote a quicker return-to-play.
We read about this procedure. Apparently, this research is still on going. The Clinics in Sport Medicine have yet to establish some official standards for PRP (buffering the platelets, not buffering them, etc..) to get optimal patient results. It's scary when it's your own knee to make the immediate decision especially when there are no significant clinical studies on the effectiveness. So, the hubs made the decision to have an MRI done instead. He feared that if there were tears with tendons or ligaments that PRP wouldn't be beneficial. Please note that I am not putting down this pilot study which seem to be a promosing treatment. I think it's actually great that medicine is advancing and physicians offer more innovative treatments. However, the hubs wanted to make sure that all was good on the inside of his knee.
On my birthday, we went to the doctor's office who said that the MRI showed no rupture to the tendons and ligaments (Woohoo!!). At this point, the hubs has been working with the team therapist. He has less pain, less swelling and less bruising - Yes! it was way worst than these pics. Thankfully, the team has a break this week so this will help Adam's recovery. We went to the game last night and I could tell that he wanted to be in the line-up! Go Pardubice!!