Pistons’ Reggie Jackson to get platelet-rich plasma therapy on problem knee


Reggie Jackson has been here before.

Jackson is out to start the season due to tendonitis in his right knee, and once again the Pistons’ point guard will have platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat it, reports Aaron McMann of MLive.com.

The Detroit Pistons point guard will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection Monday in New York, coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed, the same non-surgical procedure he underwent while dealing with knee tendinitis in 2011.

The procedure culls blood from the body, spins it and injects it into the affected area to help relieve pain. There is no word yet on a timetable for Jackon’s return, but Van Gundy said last week it could be up to six to eight weeks.

“It’s a significant amount of time,” Van Gundy said. “He’s played a lot of games and a lot of minutes. He has a good confidence in (this procedure) – nothing is forever, but that’s something that worked really for him before. I think he feels good about it.”

Traditionally with this therapy, Jackson would be on crutches for 7-10 days after the treatment, followed by rehab. Timetables are never perfect, but this could be closer to six weeks than eight.

The sooner he returns the better for Detroit. Jackson running the pick-and-roll with Andre Drummond is at the heart of the Pistons’ offense. It’s not going to be the same with the ball in Ish Smith and Lorenzo Brown‘s hands. This is a setback for a team with playoff ambitions this season.