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Enes Kanter Becomes the Latest NBA Player to get Coveted PRP Injection

Posted by on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Utah Jazz Center Enes Kanter recently underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment to help with quadriceps tendinitis just above his right knee, according to sources. The six-foot-11, 22-year-old Turkish NBA player was the third overall pick for the Jazz, with an average of 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. His body has been riddled with injuries since his entry into the NBA in 2011. He has suffered from a dislocated shoulder, sprained ankle, and a past knee injury that required surgery. The team says Kanter will only miss about two weeks of the post-season, and should be 100 percent back in shape for the 2014-2015 season training camp. Our Center for Podiatric Care & Sports Medicine in NYC is one of the few places in Manhattan that caters to elite athletes and active individuals with platelet-rich plasma injections.

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Enes Kanter goes for the bIock. Moves like these can be rough on the knees. Thankfully, PRP injections can get him back on the court quickly. Image Source: Wikimedia.org

Enes Kanter Injury

Enes Kanter suffers from a type of overuse injury called “tendinitis,” which is a chronic inflammation of the tendons. It is the same type of injury as “Tennis Elbow,” “Swimmer’s Shoulder,” and “Jumper’s Knee.” Given all the leaping, jumping and rebounding that takes place on a basketball court, it’s not surprising that NBA players fall prey to this injury. When a tendon is ruptured, surgery is needed. On June 25th, Enes Kanter tweeted a photo of himself in a hospital gown, along with an explanation: “The surgery was a success. The treatment process is going to be short & easy. Looking forward to meeting #JazzNation“.

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections Are Popular Among Pro Ballers

Platelet rich plasma therapy is big with athletes, reports Fox SportsPortland Trailblazer Guard Brandon Roy’s transformation following his PRP injection was most impressive. He had retired in 2007 following persistent knee pain, but made a surprising comeback less than a year later. Fellow NBA star Kobe Bryant flew to Germany for the treatment. In other sports, athletes like Tiger Woods, Fred Couples, and Alex Rodriguez have also sought PRP injection treatment.

What Is PRP?

During Platelet Rich Plasma therapy, a small quantity of blood is extracted from a patient, spun in a centrifuge to remove the platelets, and injected back into the patient at the site of the injury. The platelets’ growth factors are believed to prompt the body’s natural healing processes and stimulate tissue regeneration. Even though this sports injury treatment has been around for nearly a decade, insurance is still hesitant to cover this “new” treatment and there is little published literature on the subject. Sports medicine doctors have seen tremendous results in their patients, however. For athletes, the injections work better than cortisone shots and are preferable to surgery.

New York Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

You needn’t be a famous athlete like Kobe Bryant or Enes Kanter to get platelet rich plasma injections in New York. We can administer the treatment right here in our Manhattan or Westchester sports medicine clinics. We find PRP injections work best for conditions like tendinopathy, arthritis, tennis elbow, and ACL reconstruction. Contact us or book your appointment online today.

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