John Wall to Undergo “Clean-Up” Procedure, Miss 6-8 WeeksJanuary 30, 2018 | insideinjuries | No Comments
Wall’s knee problems began when he underwent two knee surgeries in May 2016. He’s been hampered by soreness and inflammation ever since, but the symptoms started getting worse in November. Wall received PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections to help reduce the pain and inflammation in his left knee. He missed nine games after receiving the injections.
The injections were not enough to curb the symptoms. Lingering pain forced Wall to meet with Dr. Richard D. Parker, the surgeon who performed Wall’s two previous knee surgeries, and undergo an MRI. The results have not yet been released but the scans must have revealed the need for a clean-up.
Before it was released that Wall would undergo surgery, coach Scott Brooks admitted that Wall’s knee was “a concern.”
“It’s a concern but we have to trust that the doctors and everybody is going to have the best game plan for him going forward and it’s always about him going forward, not about us going forward.”
Brooks also admitted that Wall needed to have his knee drained a few times this season. Fluid build up in the knee is oftentimes a sign that a clean-up procedure is necessary. The fluid is caused by an underlying problem such as cartilage damage or a ligament tear. The fact that Wall tried playing through the injury didn’t help. Wall’s performance this season has been lackluster at best, likely because he’s been playing at about 60% according to our HPF (Health Performance Factor). The point guard has been at a Below Average HPF since his knee problems picked up in November.
Wall has also been a High Injury Risk since the inflammation in his knee started. He already missed 10 games to the knee injury and has missed a total of 12 so far this season. The Inside Injuries algorithm is calculating an eight week Optimal Recovery Time, which puts his return at the last week in March. Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier will take over the extra minutes in Wall’s absence.
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