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Sidney Rice explains Switzerland knee procedure

Photo Credit: Mark Runyon / ProFootballSchedules.com

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice spent two nights in Switzerland early in the week to undergo a procedure on his knee similar to the increasingly popular Platelet-Rich-Plasma therapy among other athletes across major professional U.S. sports. 

On Friday after practice, he gave an explanation as to why he took the 20-hour round-trip in order to have a 20-minute procedure done. Via the Seattle Times: 

“(It was) something I set up earlier in the offseason, a little bit after OTAs,” he told the Times. “It was a long process, things I had to go through with the doctors over there. Just fortunate coach (Pete Carroll) gave me the opportunity to go over and getting it done and thankful for my teammates for not making it a big deal to leave practice.”

The sore knee has been causing tendonitis and bothering him for a considerable amount of time. He knew it was a lot to ask of the organization under the circumstances to go so far to get is done, but is thankful they signed off on it. He won’t know if the procedure worked for more than two weeks from when it was done.

The ‘Hawks medical staff and Rice made the decision jointly after they agreed that it could only help the veteran and not hurt him.

Rice played in all 16 games last season, recording 50 receptions for 748 yards and seven touchdowns. With Percy Harvin out for a good portion of the season at least, the onus will fall on Rice and Golden Tate to be the primary targets out wide for second-year quarterback Russell Wilson. If he manages to stay healthy, he’s capable of being a No. 1-type threat, but only time will tell if that’s the case. 

Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez are other prominent athletes who’ve had similar procedures on their knees.

According to the Hostpital for Special Surgery, PRP takes a patient’s own blood and centrifuges it. After this process, it’s then injected back into the abnormal tissue, thus accelerating the healing process. Following that, strength and conditioning are utilized heavily in the rehabilitation process. Side effects are considered minimal due to the patients’ use of their own blood. 

Photo Credit: Mark Runyon / ProFootballSchedules.com

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