Dr. Bodor commentsSteph Curry Injury , SFGate
Dr. Marko Bodor is interviewed by SFGate regarding the recent injury of the Warriors’ Steph Curry.
“Grade 1 is the lowest grade of MCL injury. It involves tears of the collagen fibers (that make up the MCL), but it’s typically not grossly visible. It’s microscopic,” said Dr. Marko Bodor, a sports-medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. “The prognosis is typically excellent for complete recovery in a matter of three to six weeks. You can push that return sooner, depending on how the patient feels and how it looks on the MRI.”
World-class athletes like Curry often can recover from injury sooner than most, thanks to their conditioning and top-tier, round-the-clock treatment.
“You don’t become a world-class athlete unless you have the ability to heal yourself on a daily basis from the trauma of high-level training,” Bodor said.
Some doctors in the Bay Area inject blood platelets into stressed ligament areas in an effort to kick-start the healing.
“Platelets are one of three components in blood, the other two being red blood cells and white blood cells,” Bodor said. “The purpose of the platelets is to act as first responders at the time of injury. They go to the site of the injury, they adhere to the torn collagen (fiber inside the ligament) and they actually pull it together and hold it together. They attract other cells to assist with the healing process. The platelets work like nano-surgeons to close defects in the tissue. They could be used to accelerate healing.”
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