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The worrisome aspect of Kemba Walker's knee injury


As a former Research Engineer for National Research Corporation, I still do my own research into any subject for which I have an interest. And I have a keen interest in the health, welfare and future of Kemba Walker. 

Count me as worried. He is currently nursing a left knee issue that has plagued him for some time. There is no timetable for his return to the court after receiving stem cell injections, a procedure that, frankly, still remains in the experimental stage.

The aim in using Stem Cell Therapy is to support the self-healing process of the knee joint, slow down (or even reverse) joint degeneration and suppress inflammation that can worsen arthritic pain, leading to symptom relief.  

One of the alarming aspects of stem cell therapy is that it is often employed in lieu of surgical knee replacement, albeit  usually in older patients. And there can be significant, even serious, side effects with stem cell injections. There are still may unknowns relative to the therapy. 

Kemba's other protocol for his ailing knee is to strengthen it. As I am very familiar, this simply involves exercises focused on strengthening the muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the knee joint. There is nothing experimental about this portion of Walker's rehab. It is very straightforward.

Kemba is locked up for this season and two more, with the final season (2022-23) set at $37.7 million. Celtics boss, Danny Ainge, has reportedly attempted to deal Walker and his contract to no avail. If true, that adds much worry to the saga.

The 6-foot point guard is as-likable a member of The Green as fans have seen lately, and he is sorely needed for any serious post-season run. But small point guards that rely on quickness and split-second changes in direction need strong knees. We hope for the best - for Kemba and his team. But count me as worried.

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