Kobe Bryant shares photos of plasma therapy on Instagram
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.