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Kobe Bryant turns to German doctor

The Local · 25 Dec 2011, 14:41

Published: 25 Dec 2011 14:41 GMT+01:00

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According to a report in the Los Angeles Times newspaper, Bryant visited Düsseldorf molecular orthopaedist Peter Wehling twice during the off season for innovative blood and platelet treatments meant to ease the star’s pain.

The 33-year-old shooting guard has suffered chronic pain in his right knee and left ankle over the past few seasons.

He told the Times that the positive results he’s noticed from Wehling’s treatment would be a “huge plus” for his National Basketball Association team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I feel a lot quicker and able to get to the basket and free throw line,” he told the Times.

Wehling is the founder of his Centre for Molecular Orthopaedics and has become well-known for cutting edge treatments targeted at elite athletes.

His “Regenokine” therapy that he used to treat Bryant involves removing blood from a patient’s affected body party, then removing interleukin proteins from the blood and re-injecting them into the body, according to the Times.

Bryant’s Lakers are scheduled to start their NBA season Sunday with a game against the Chicago Bulls, although it’s not clear if Bryant will play due to a torn arm ligament he suffered in an exhibition game on Monday.

The season is beginning later than its typical October or November start this year because of labour strife between players and owners.

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17:05 December 25, 2011 by Jimbob_77
All Americans need to go to Germany for medical care. Money and corruption in the USA has made all Americans sicker by the day. They need to be tried and sentenced for their crimes against humanity.....
17:40 December 25, 2011 by twisted
And if my experience is worth anything, medical care is less expensive here in Germany that in the US.
17:53 December 25, 2011 by lwexcel
Have you ever met a person that, goes out of there way to hail their own accomplishments, even though it is really not that important? Yeah this article fits right in that category
20:45 December 25, 2011 by anaverageguy
Ah Jimbob_77. You really should get out more.

This article got me to thinking. Let's see: take the athlete's blood, spin it, separate it and then re-inject it. If Kobe Bryant were a cyclist he'd be banned for life about now.

Is this NOT blood doping?

Just ask'n.
04:49 December 26, 2011 by raandy
Good Kobe can play basketball , doubt that he could do to much else, except practice infidelity .
09:21 December 26, 2011 by Englishted
He should get his rare shirt eating disorder sorted out while he is here.
11:02 December 26, 2011 by poppycockcoconut
LOVE my German doctors. We get better care over here in Germany then we ever have in the states.
11:28 December 26, 2011 by storymann
Thats interesting as i see it the other way around.

Sats here are 1 out of every 10 surgeries are botched infections that are hospital related are much higher. I have lived here for 28 years and not once has a doctor taken my blood pressure.

Maybe I should try a few other doctors,here.The cost is the big plus to me.
15:19 December 26, 2011 by chicagolive
Healthcare in German is just the same as what you would get in the states if you got the money you will get the best care. Do you have public or private big differences in care levels in Germany between these two. For the basics its good once you get passed that you better have private. Just like for my son, I have private insurance they are covered under public with there mom. He broke his arm in two spots, a really good orthopedic was here but if you have public the wait to see him can be 3 to for months lucky my son is on a upper level sports team who works with the doctor so he was able to get a appointment next day. Here it is also about what you got.
00:03 December 27, 2011 by anaverageguy
I can not speak from personal experience nor will I generalize, but my former father in law who was at the doctor every month for several years with his Parkinsons was under the care of people who failed to notice his elevated PSA counts until he had advanced prostate cancer. If that had happened in the US the result would have been a very large malpractice award. As it was, it was a nice funeral.
09:17 December 27, 2011 by OllO
Medical tourism is up and for good reason.

If you don't like the business side of the medical profession, hit 'em in the pocket book and travel for your care. Don't like it politicized? Be self-reliant and save for the future. Nobody should be able to force me to buy a product.

Life is a degenerative disease nobody has survived. A mature, well-organized mind will accept that and be practical about it. But I digress...
21:01 December 27, 2011 by raandy
Go Kobe Go ,Go for that basket you got more money than brains.
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