It’s no secret that Kobe Bryant loves him some platelet rich plasma therapy on his knees. The legendary shooting guard has essentially pioneered having the experimental procedure, as it’s even sometimes referred to as the ‘Kobe Bryant procedure.’
Kobe has of course been in the news a lot over the last few months because of his achilles tendon injury, but now it appears he’s headed back to Germany for another round of treatment on his right knee. The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed on Thursday that Byrant had left the country for an undisclosed location to pursue treatment on something other than his achilles. This is likely due to the fact that PRPT is not legal in the United States.
Normally, news of a veteran player undergoing a knee procedure is a bad thing. But when it comes to Kobe and his PRPT, it’s a great thing for the Lakers. Many people that have received treatment, including Bryant, absolutely swear by it.
Here’s a description of how the procedure works for those not familiar:
“Orthokine is an experimental medical procedure in which a patient’s own blood is extracted, manipulated, and then reintroduced to the body as an anti-inflammatory drug to reduce chronic pain and osteoarthritis,” via Wikipedia.
While it’s possible that this latest round of PRPT could delay Bryant’s return this season, it should ultimately make him feel better down the stretch run when the team needs him most. But according to most NBA analysts, the Lakers won’t be anywhere near playoff contention in 2014.