Interview with Dr. Ralf Doyscher, Team Physician, Borussia VfL 1900 Mönchengladbach GmbH
Injections in sports medicine are a common tool to promote the rehabilitation process. Injections are especially well suited for sports injuries because they are directly delivered to the target structure and stimulate healing.
Dr. Ralf Doyscher
In this MEDICA.de interview, Dr. Doyscher explains why injections are an efficient injury treatment technique in football.
Where and when are injections used to treat football-related injuries?
Dr. Doyscher: Injections are generally used for athletic injuries to primarily treat inflammation, pain and muscle strains. Modern biological procedures also help accelerate the body's healing process and can promote faster injury rehabilitation and a better recovery.
What are the benefits of therapeutic injections?
Dr. Doyscher: Injections deliver active substances to the targeted anatomical site. This allows the active ingredient to be quickly effective in high concentration without placing a burden on other parts of the organism. This results in increased effectiveness, speeds up recovery and healing with reduced side effects, making the treatment safer and more successful. It also promotes and possibly even shortens the rehabilitation process. Sometimes, injections are in fact the only way to facilitate the healing process in the first place.
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What role do injection therapies play in sports medicine?
Dr. Doyscher: Injection therapies traditionally play a significant role in sports medicine. They are very popular with many of my colleagues and athletes for treating sports injuries or acute strains in an effort to recover faster or to help them stay in the game. Today there is a large market with a wide variety of products, applications and uses. This onslaught has made it more difficult to tease out the methods that have truly proven most effective. Further research, as well as effective communication between scientists and users is needed.
Which injuries are best suited for therapeutic injections?
Dr. Doyscher: There are many sports injuries where doctors may recommend therapeutic injections to promote a positive healing outcome. We saw great results in repairing ligament and tendon injuries and large muscle strains and tears. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or BCS (blood clot secretome or autologous conditioned serum) injection therapy can speed up the tissue repair and healing process and make it more sustainable.
How does the treatment for football injuries differ from the procedures used for other sports-related injuries?
Dr. Doyscher: The basic principles of football injury therapy differ little from those in other sports. Some types of injuries occur more commonly in football than in other sports, but the anatomy and wound healing biology are the same. Having said that, thanks to the advanced and high-level structures in big clubs, professional football players often tend to have easier and faster access to medical care. That's also why the initial treatment can happen faster and prove more effective, while continued injury management is equally more intensive and closely monitored.
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