The LA Times reported Friday, July 1, that Kobe Bryant underwent a derivation of Platelet-rich Plasma therapy (PRP) for an injured right knee in Germany. Bryant has dealt with an arthritic right knee joint in recent seasons and has undergone three other knee procedures since 2003. PRP has been indicated in multiple clinical studies to have healing potential in arthritic conditions of the knee (see PRP Knee category). During this procedure, a small portion of Bryant’s blood is removed and naturally occurring healing components called platelets, are concentrated and re-injected into Bryant’s ailing knee. The minimally invasive nature of the procedure should have Bryant practicing with less pain within weeks. In some cases, PRP is used by orthopaedic surgeons as a last resort to invasive surgery. After 15 seasons in the NBA, the 33 year old superstar is certainly hoping to avoid the rigors of another surgery.
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