Lakers guard Gabe Vincent missed the last handful of games of the preseason with lower back tightness. Then, after playing a heavy dose of minutes in the regular season, he was ruled out for at least two weeks with what the team termed knee effusion.
A recent update on Vincent following that two-week period and has him set to miss at least another two weeks. Additionally, the club provided more information on his treatment as they said Vincent underwent a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy procedure as well.
In the following video, I explained Gabe’s knee effusion injury, his treatment including PRP and the potential timeline for Vincent moving forward.
Hopefully, the next update on Vincent’s return is a positive one as these injuries truly are day-to-day and it all depends on how the knee is responding to treatment and increases in rehab intensity.
Considering how early it is in the season, however, it behooves the Lakers medical staff to be conservative to make sure this isn’t something that pops up again later on this season.
As always, I’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own in-person and online sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA and partners with Quantum Performance in which he further combines his movement expertise and fitness training background to rehab & train elite athletes. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for over 5 years.
Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), has a background in youth basketball coaching and analyzes the Lakers from a medical and skills perspective for Silver Screen and Roll and on his own YouTube Channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.