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:
#Colts QB Andrew Luck is headed to Europe for treatment, as @MikeWellsNFL said. He’s trying a couple of new techniques to get pain under control and get everything in the shoulder balanced in terms of all muscles working together.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 11, 2017
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.