Report: Andrew Luck Taking a Europe Trip for Treatment

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 08: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) on the field before the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts on October 8, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

As first reported by ESPN’s Mike Wells, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is traveling to Europe to seek out additional treatment to perhaps mitigate pain and accelerate healing on his surgically repaired right throwing shoulder.

The report has since been confirmed by NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport:

It’s not the first time that a professional athlete has gone overseas to try additional treatment methods, as Europe is known for having innovative or unorthodox techniques that aren’t necessarily widely accepted in the United States.

Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning underwent stem cell treatment  in Europe for his neck injury in September of 2011, and former Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant received platelet-rich plasma therapy on his balky right knee in Germany during 2013.

Still, it’s not necessarily an encouraging sign for Luck that he’s seeking alternative methods of treatment than what’s already available or been suggested in the United States. Specifically, he’s either not liking the options that he’s heard, or so far, what’s already been performed simply hasn’t worked well enough.

That being said, Luck could simply be looking for any potential ‘boost’ in his recovery too, and if professional sports superstars like Manning and Kobe have gone this route, it’s at least worth trying for Luck as well. There doesn’t seem to be any way that it could reasonably hurt his recovery and can only help quicken his return to the football field.

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