Posted October 08, 2013

Kobe Bryant shares photos of plasma therapy on Instagram

Kobe Bryant says he isn't planning on taking a pay cut in 2014. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant is undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knee. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant reportedly didn’t tell Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni that he was traveling to Germany last week for another round of platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knee. But D’Antoni and everyone else can catch a glimpse of Bryant’s treatment after the Lakers guard posted images on Instagram Monday night.

Here’s how Sports Illustrated described PRP therapy in a 2010 story:

In PRP therapy, which was pioneered over the last decade by Dr. Allan Mishra of the Stanford University Medical Center, about two tablespoons of a patient’s blood are removed and put through a centrifuge. This creates a concentrated dose of soft-tissue-healing platelets that is then reinjected into the patient [at the site of an injury]. In part because no red blood cells are reinjected, PRP treatments are not considered blood doping.

It’s not Bryant’s first trip to Germany for medical reasons. He underwent a procedure similar to PRP in July 2011 following surgery to remove bone fragments from his knee.

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Bryant, who is also recovering from a gruesome Achilles injury that shortened his season in April, seems unlikely to be ready for the Lakers’ season opener in three weeks.


my knee kinda hurts i wonder how much a procedure like this costs. im sure my medical coverage will pay for it.....not

Joe L1
Joe L1



@sugaslim I had PRP treatment on an old elbow tendon issue that I was having difficulty finding something that would repair it (rest, ice, compression, heat, and a couple of years of physical therapy never fixed the issue). I found another doctor who recommended PRP treatment and it wasn't covered by my insurance in Minnesota. Cost was $350 per treatment. However, only one treatment was needed to repair my injury, after seeing after numerous other physicians and physical therapists, who couldn't come up with a solution for me over a 3-year period.

The shot hurts like a mother, as they inject the platelets right into the muscle and nerve, but count me as a believer of its effectiveness.