Use of Platelet Rich Plasma for Elbow Injuries; Chicago White Sox Throwing Injuries

Podcast with Steve Kashul and guest co-host Dr. Nik Verma discussing the status of the White Sox and current pitcher injuries. Dr. Verma explains the uses of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and how it might be used to treat inflammatory injuries in throwers who were thought to need Tommy John surgery.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Verma completed his orthopaedic residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. While in New York, he served as an assistant team physician for the St. John’s University Athletic Department. He also received specialized training in treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders in the overhead throwing athlete.

Currently, Dr. Verma maintains an active clinical practice performing over 700 procedures per year. In addition, he serves as the head team physician for the Chicago White Sox and team physician for the Chicago Bulls. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Verma is actively involved in orthopaedic research with interests in basic science, bio-mechanics and clinical outcomes, and has received funding for his work from Major League Baseball, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America and Association of Shoulder and elbow Surgeons. He has authored multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts in major orthopaedic and sports medicine journal, numerous book chapters, and routinely serves as teaching faculty for orthopedic courses on advanced surgical technique. He frequently serves as an invited speaker or guest surgeon for national and international orthopaedic sports medicine meetings.

On the academic front, Dr. Verma serves as an Editorial Board Member of the Arthroscopy journal, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Knee Surgery as well as a reviewer for multiple orthopedic journals. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Shoulder and Elbow Society, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Major League Baseball Team Physician Association, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has been elected by his peers to “Best Doctors in America” every year since 2007.

Dr. Verma has agreements regarding the development and licensing of certain sports medicine implants and instruments for which he receives payment from manufacturers. He also has consulting agreements with Smith and Nephew Endoscopy and Arthrosurface. In addition, he receives research support from multiple companies within the orthopaedic industry. Additional information regarding these relationships, manufacturers, devices and instruments will be provided upon request.

On the academic front, Dr. Verma serves as Associate Editor of the Arthroscopy journal, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Knee Surgery. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Shoulder and Elbow Society, Arthroscopy Association of North America, Major League Baseball Team Physician Association, and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has been elected by his peers to “Best Doctors in America” every year since 2007.

http://sportssurgerychicago.com/ Nikhil Verma, MD is a knee, elbow, shoulder specialist and sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH in Chicago, IL. Dr. Verma believes that the biggest evolution in sports medicine over the last decade is the advancement in technology for arthroscopic surgery. Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery has rapidly improved patient outcomes. Patients now have less pain, less discomfort, rapid return of motion, strength and ultimately overall function. As a knee, elbow and shoulder specialist, and sports medicine physician, Dr. Verma focuses on returning patients to a pain free life. To learn more about Dr. Verma, please visit his website: http://sportssurgerychicago.com/dr-ni…

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