Please see our updated handout answering many of your commonly asked questions, under the FAQ page, and then the PRP page. Note that this can also be used following prolotherapy for optimal recovery. There are detailed instructions on what exercises should be done when, along with other tips and instructions. Thanks to Dr Annette Zaharoff for a lot of the information included in the handout. She is a colleague in Texas, who also used to be a professional tennis player, so she knows a thing or two! She has an avid interest in "prehab", ie. getting you prepared for PRP, as well as optimal "rehab" afterwards, and is very knowledgeable in these areas. Please spend time reading this handout before your PRP appointment for best results! A copy is attached here.
A study has been published, showing a significant rise in your platelet count (and thus also the number of platelets you will have when we draw your blood) in response to exercise. Specifically this was after 4 minutes of high intensity training (HIT), tested on a stationary bike. We can probably assume if you do this within 30 mins or less of your blood draw, ie. stop for a quick sprint/jog/aerobic activity (raising your heart rate) to the best of your ability, we will get better platelet counts. If you don't have a heart condition, consider doing this at the Interurban Rail Trail (on the Prospect Lake Rd side of the West Saanich/Prospect Lake intersection) or at the Whitehead park which is minutes from our clinic. Make sure you tell the receptionist as soon as you arrive, so that we can take your blood sample as quickly as possible, for the best result!
CBC news has a story entitled "Every bit of exercise counts in reducing risk of early death". You can find a link to here. The study authors compared bouts of exercise to regular (eg. taking the stairs instead of the elevator) as well as total moderate to vigourous daily activity. The more the better, but any exercise counts!
Jannice is a family physician with an interest in the treatment of pain. Anything to help the process is added to this blog.