As the Lady Falcons move one step closer to the Philippine Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals, Jema Galanza also began her road to recovery with a series of platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections last Wednesday.
PRP therapy is a relatively simple procedure that uses one’s own blood to hasten the healing and repair of damaged tissue, muscles, tendons, and in Galanza’s case, ligaments, without resorting to surgery.
Galanza, who will miss the rest of Adamson’s PVL campaign after sustaining a tibio-talar dislocation on her right ankle, underwent the same procedure that is growing in popularity with NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan — and her doctor is optimistic after the PRP session.
“When we do PRP kasi, our main concern is ‘pag hindi mo matamaan ‘yung right spot eh. You’ll know kapag mali ang tinamaang lugar, maraming dugong lalabas. Eto, all four hits natin, mukhang magandang-maganda. I think the results will be very good,” Dr. Edgar Eufemio, who is handling Galanza’s injury, told Akari Sports.
Dr. Eufemio added that the way Galanza is responding to treatment, they could very well beat her target recovery of 16 weeks.
“If in two weeks she can remove the crutches already and walk normally na, she will be ahead of schedule na. So, babantayan natin in two weeks time.”
Whether she could be back to her stellar form prior to her injury is yet to be decided, Dr. Eufemio, explains, as it will especially depend on Galanza.
“Most of the athletes that we handled, the basis that they can go back is not on the skill of the doctor but on the passion of the athlete to do the therapy. In Galanza’s case, I don’t think we’ll have a problem, she really wants to go back naman.”
Even the bigwigs of Cardinal Santos Medical Center were present to observe Galanza’s PRP procedure and wished her well on her recovery.
“Anyone who comes here I’m sure gets excellent treatment because we have excellent doctors here like Dr. Eufemio who is an excellent sports medicine orthopedic surgeon,” said Dr. Zenaida Javier-Uy, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CSMC.
Atty. Pilar Nenuca Almira, President and Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, and admittedly an avid follower of Philippine volleyball, expressed her admiration at the Lady Falcon captain’s resiliency despite the injury.
“I saw her get injured and it was really, really fast. That moment I prayed for her because I know Adamson University is banking on her. I’m so glad that she sought the right treatment, the right doctors, the right hospital, and she is still determined despite the injury to go on. I feel really proud of her.”
Atty. Almira, who also played volleyball in high school and college, even offered Galanza help after she hangs her Adamson jersey.
“I was saying that volleyball is not forever. At a certain point, you have to retire from playing, she also has to take care of her career and I told her, we can continue to talk and this could be the beginning of interaction between Jema and myself,” Atty. Almira shared.
Galanza will undergo rehabilitation thrice a week and is expected to be back to playing form before the UAAP Season 80 Volleyball tournament commences on February.