Minnesota fans are blaming the man that could very well hold the answer to their aching problem. Kobe Bryant never actually took a Tonya Harding like pipe to the knee swing that Wolves fans are raising hell about, but he has gone through a similar situation and has since seemed to have knees of steel.
Kobe suffered from arthritic knee ailments which prompted him to visit Orthogen Lab Services in Dusseldorf and since, it has seemed as though Bryant had his tires rotated. He suggested that New York Yankees (sometime) slugger Alex Rodriguez do the same when he was ailed by shoulder and knee issues.
Rodriguez recovered in half the time it would have taken from traditional treatment.
It’s still a highly experimental procedure but the disanalogies are piling up to support it as medical science. What the procedure involves is drawing blood from the patient’s arm, extracting the proteins from the sample and then injecting them into the knee of the patient.
The procedure hasn’t been used to heal a ligament tear like Rubio suffered, but it could aide the healing process and speed up Rubio’s recovery time.
Doctors say a naturally-occurring protein in the blood stream can act as a long-lasting anti-inflammatory and a painkiller that will delay cartilage damage, protect the joint, increase function and reduce pain.
However, Dr Jonathan Glashow, who is the acting director of sports medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, has said although many athletes swear by the operation, but he’s skeptical about whether its effects are long term.
“It’s a great way to reduce inflammation and therefore pain, and that’s the essence of it. I think a lot of the athletes who have wear-and-tear on their knees benefit from this,” Glashow said. “[But] we really don’t have a lot of scientific knowledge behind it of exactly what’s happening.”
Rubio is expected to have surgery later this week and recovery time from the procedure is 6-8 months. Rubio will miss the 2012 Olympics in London and there is a intense fear that he won’t be ready for the start of the 2012-13 season.
Utilization of this treatment may speed up the process and like fans of the Lakers and Yankees, take a load off the shoulders of Wolves fans all over and restore hope that not all is lost with the shredding of Rubio’s knee.