New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez told reporters this weekend that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant considered retiring after last season because the pain in his right knee was nearly intolerable. Bryant’s blood spinning procedure on his knee allowed Bryant’s career to continue, Rodriguez said. The procedure, involves drawing blood from the patient’s arm and then drawing platelets from that blood. The platelets are then injected into the injured area to stimulate tissue repair.
“I know that he was hurting before, almost even thinking about retirement, that’s how much pain he was under.” Rodriguez said, repoorted by the LA Times.
The treatment seems to have worked. After playing just 33.9 minutes per game last season—the lowest since his second year in the NBA—Bryant is averaging 38.2 minutes this season and is scoring a league-high 28.4 points per game, up from 25.3 last season.
Per reports, Bryant recommedned the treatment for Rodriguez. “Now the thing is, if I can play as well as Kobe, we’re in business,” Rodriguez said. “My knee does feel a lot better,” he added.
The Orthohealing Center is excited that Regenerative Medicine injections are reviving the careers of top professional athletes and is proud to offer these procedures including platelet rich plasma (PRP) to keep our patients, whether professional athletes or weekend warriors, pain free and active!