The Gittens Clinic August 2019





For athletes, their bodies are assets, tools for their jobs. But tools wear down and need maintenance over time. If athletes aren’t maintaining their greatest tool, it could become injured and impair their ability to work in their field. Any injury can cause them to lose time and effort in whatever sport they play.

the Golden StateWarriors finish first in the NBA Western Conference in 2017 and 2018.

D’Angelo Russel The Los Angeles Lakers point guard missed two games out of the season

You see so many knee and knee joint injuries in sports like basketball, baseball, and even polo.

For some, this has meant either needing one or both knees replaced and attempting to play at full capacity afterward or walking away for their respective sports altogether. However, some athletes, including the famous ones listed below, have utilized what is known as PRP therapy, which stands for platelet-rich plasma therapy. Athletes who have given PRP therapy a try have made quite a comeback in their sports, and some have even come out of retirement. Kobe Bryant Kobe Bryant suffered from an arthritic knee, which worsened as his early 30s progressed. He could barely practice as his pain increased every day. He was wondering if he could ever reach his full potential again. He then underwent a PRP procedure in Germany. A“1,000-mile oil change,”his dad would say later in interviews. After the surgery, Kobe would tell reporters he felt stronger and faster, like he was a brand-newman, and his success with the therapy was clearly reflected in his level of play. Post-PRP, Kobe led the league in both average points scored and rebounds per game. Brandon Roy After just five years in the NBA, Brandon Roy announced his retirement in 2011. He had no more cartilage in his knees, and doctors warned that further play increased his risk of not being able to walk at all in the future. Not even a year later, he announced his comeback due to PRP therapy. Throughout his career with the Timberwolves, he averaged 5.6 points, 4.5 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game. Stephen Curry This Golden State superstar was off the court for several games during offseason in 2016 due to a knee injury when he slipped and fell on a wet spot during a game against Houston. Curry utilized PRP therapy for a Grade 1 MCL sprain the second day after the injury occurred. He would return later in the season, and he helped

because of soreness in his left knee. This was something the second- year Lakers player initially dismissed as a light injury.

After finally receiving the therapy and missing a total of 11 games, he set several career bests and went on to his first all-star selection in 2019!

Aaron Nola This 2016 Philadelphia Phillie all-star received PRP therapy to treat his strained right elbow ligament. As he went into the 2017 season, he was quoted saying that his right elbow was“100% healed.”He then went on to be a 2018 National League All-Star and actually came in third for the 2018 National League Cy Young Award.

PRP therapy is on the rise in sports medicine as more athletes see its value and the benefits it provides. Many players are seeing PRP therapy as the more logical option over knee replacement due to recovery time and fewer side effects. If you want to learn more about what PRP therapy can do for you, please reach out to us at 833-448-8367 to schedule a consultation. -Dr. Carl Gittens


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