Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry received PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment to speed the healing of his right knee, according to Diamond Leung of The Mercury News. Curry had the treatment on the second day of his recovery back in April. If the procedure has any effect for him, it could mean his availability as soon as Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers on May 7.
The idea of PRP is to take naturally occurring substances that stimulate cell growth (small proteins) from the patient’s blood, concentrate them, and re-inject them into the damaged area to accelerate bone and/or soft tissue growth. Normally, Curry’s injury—a Grade 1 MCL sprain—would not require such treatment, but the timing of it has him in an understandable rush to return to playoff action.
Curry joins a long list of professional athletes to try PRP, including big names like Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, and Rafael Nadal—many of whom have benefited—though the effectiveness of the treatment is still debated when measured against just letting the body have enough time to heal naturally.