Many sports wear down an athlete's body. But pro basketball players in particular have to worry about damaging their knees because they take a pounding each game.
"Reggie Jackson received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his knee on October 10."
Detroit Pistons' guard Reggie Jackson knows what it feels like to deal with a serious knee injury after experiencing tendonitis in his left knee. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his knee on October 10, CBS Detroit reported, and doctors expected him to miss around two months.
Since his treatment, Jackson's only been out four weeks, and doctors have already cleared him to resume playing basketball. However, he is only allowed to participate in light basketball activities.
How long will it be until he's cleared for full contact? Coach Stan Van Gundy said that whenever team doctors clear Jackson, he'll play.
"Whenever they tell me he's ready to go – when they tell me he can go in practice – I'm just following them," Van Gundy said. "They're working in concert with Reggie so … I always do what I'm told."
Nonetheless, Jackson's quick recovery appears nothing short of miraculous, especially considering he's been dealing with chronic knee issues since college, Hashtag Basketball reported. ESPN noted that Jackson is a second-year star in the making who averaged about 19 points and 6 assists a game in the 2015-16 season. He was likely hoping to improve upon those numbers this year, and PRP treatment may help him do that.
Have any other NBA players undergone PRP therapy?
Yes! Jackson isn't the first basketball player to undergo PRP therapy. Current stars and recently retired vets including Steph Curry, Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Josh Howard have all been treated with PRP, according to PRP Treatments.
Stephen Curry underwent PRP therapy to treat his injured knee after he slipped on a wet spot of the court during a playoff game. Derrick Rose had the treatment to repair a torn ACL. Paul Gasol turned to PRP to treat his ailing groin. Kobe Bryant underwent PRP therapy to treat a hurt knee, and Josh Howard had PRP treatments for his knee injuries.
If you're nervous about undergoing PRP treatment, don't be. Star athletes who have millions of dollars on the line are turning to a non-invasive procedure to heal from their injuries.
How should you proceed?
The first thing you should do is call a professional and learn more about PRP. These experts, such as those who work at Longevity & Stem Cell Centre, will diagnose your condition, recommend treatment options (in this case PRP) and discuss the procedure and post-treatment requirements.