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.