Golden State Warriors star and league MVP Stephen Curry scored 17 points in overtime as his team defeated the Portland Trailblazers May 9th. That’s a new record for the most overtime points ever scored by a player in an NBA game.
Remarkably, Curry set this record in his first game back after falling and hurting his right knee in the first round of the playoffs. Curry sprained his MCL – or Medial Collateral Ligament. The MCL connects the bones in your thigh and calf and keeps your knee from bending inward.
This type of injury can be very bad news for an athlete. Other NBA players had been sidelined for up to two months with MCL injuries. There was no way the team, or the fans, wanted to wait that long to get Curry back on the court – especially during the playoffs.
So, on the second day of his recovery, Curry had PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma treatments. While you may not be that familiar with PRP, it is becoming more common in the world of professional sports. Basketball fans may remember that Kobe Bryant received PRP in 2011 to help his arthritic knee.
Here’s how it works: Doctors take plasma from the patient’s own blood and inject in to the problem area. The platelets release high concentrations of grown factor that help promote the body’s ability to heal itself. There’s no risk of side effects and no artificial substance that could cause concerns on a drug test.
After receiving the treatment, Curry was back on the court and in top form in two weeks – having missed just four games.
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from PRP. Whether you play tennis, go jogging, or have injured your knee in a fall, PRP treatment is available to help you. To find out how PRP can lessen your knee pain, and help you heal faster, click on the link below to find a doctor near you.
You can learn more about how PRP can get you back in the game and possibly avoid risky surgery HERE.