WARRIORS VS. CLIPPERS GAME 6During Thursday’s game against the Clippers, Warriors center Jermaine O’Neal had to leave the game after suffering an injury to his right knee. Later, sources revealed that O’Neal suffered a bone bruise of his right knee. Although results of his MRI have not been revealed, according to ESPN, O’Neal said, “Anything short of an MCL, PCL or ACL tear, I’m going to play on it.” He played a total of 3 minutes during Game 7 against the LA Clippers on Saturday.jermaine-o-neal-knee

It appears that O’Neal’s right knee hyperextended while his foot was planted. While it has been revealed that O’Neal suffered a bone bruise of his patella (kneecap), with a hyperextension mechanism an injury to the ACL can also be of concern, especially if there is an associated “pop” sound and/or sensation in the knee. There are 3 levels of severity with ACL injuries.

Grade I- minor trauma or “sprain.”

Grade II- more severe trauma or “partial tear.”

Grade III- severe trauma or “complete tear.”

Amongst athletes a grade III tear almost always results in surgery to reconstruct the ACL. Grade I and II ACL injuries may not require surgery, but rather an extensive rehabilitation program. The main focus of ACL rehab, whether Grade I or Grade III, will be to regain range of motion, reduce swelling, retain muscle size and strength, and maintain cardiovascular fitness. Although O’Neal has been contemplating retirement after 17 seasons in the NBA, ending with a knee injury is not the ideal situation. Check out “The MRI Report” link for more information about what O’Neal’s MRI might tell us once it has been revealed.

 

Provided by the Primus Sports Medicine Staff-AS