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Nick Maxwell's " Laser Ray Of Light "

Posted by Adam Canning on August 21, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Collingwood skipper Nick Maxwell turns to laser therapy in bid to overcome thumb injury and play finals

By Jay Clark

Herald Sun August 22, 2011 9:03AM

Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell has turned to some cutting-edge medical treatments to help fast-track his recovery from a fractured thumb.

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Maxwell on Sunday revealed he was spending time in the hyperbaric chamber and had adopted laser therapy techniques to try to quicken the healing.

Studies have shown low-level laser therapy can increase blood flow to injured parts of the body and increase cell growth.

While the odds appear stacked against Maxwell playing again this season, the skipper said he was exploring every possible option to help speed his recovery.

"I'm trying everything. I've done a lot this week. I've done all the hyperbaric," Maxwell said on Channel Seven.

"This (cast) can be removed at any stage.

"I'm getting some laser therapy and doing all sorts of stuff to do whatever I can to try and help."

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The Pies' growing injury list is a concern, with seven first-choice players absent from the 18-point win against Brisbane Lions on Saturday night.

Leon Davis (soreness) and Andrew Krakouer (quad) were late withdrawals against the Lions, while Ben Reid was substituted after falling heavily on his back.

With the club's depth being tested, Maxwell said he was trying to avoid getting caught up in the discussion about whether his race against time would be successful.

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Maxwell, who suffered the injury 10 days ago, was initially expected to miss three to four weeks, but the Pies say there are no guarantees.

If he can return, he will almost certainly have to play with intense pain and restricted movement in his thumb.

Opponents making the thumb a target could also add to the risk.

"To be honest, I'm not looking too far ahead," Maxwell said. "I know people are saying, 'Can you be back for this final or this final or this final?'

"I'm just worried about trying to get each day right.

"If I start looking ahead, then I will start worrying about what I am doing right now.

"If I worry about what I'm doing right now, then I will stuff up what I am doing right now. I'll tick these boxes today, then I'll tick them tomorrow and do it that way."

Mick Malthouse is nearing the end of his reign as Magpies coach but stand-in captain Scott Pendlebury said the team was trying to win the flag not only for him, but for all at the club.

"It's bigger than one person -- a premiership," the midfielder said.

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