The Washington Post reported today that Washington Wizards player Rashard Lewis will attempt to avoid surgery and receive Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) in his sore right knee. Lewis has played the season in pain and received multiple cortisone injections (see “PRP More Effective Than Cortisone”). Wizards team doctors and Lewis’ own doctor, have advised him to receive PRP injections in an effort to avoid surgery.
Lewis said a Washington Wizards doctor “thinks I should try the PRP shot, instead of having the scope…Even though it’s a minor surgery, once you go into the knee, you don’t know how it’s going to be, how it’s going to react.”
With the regular season coming to its conclusion soon, it is likely Lewis will miss all remaining games even after PRP. “I’ll get the PRP,” said Lewis. “If that doesn’t help, we’ll have to clean it out [with surgery] at the end of the season, and then I’ll have to sit out about six weeks, and I have a lot of time to work out in the summer. I really just want to be ready for training camp, whether we have a lockout or not. I just want to be 100 percent, so I can play my game and help this team.”