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A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

Posted on: December 28, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: December 28, 2011 2:29 pm
 
Alex Rodriguez Kobe Bryant

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Apparently Alex Rodriguez's most trusted medical advisor is Kobe Bryant.

On Bryant's advice, Rodriguez went to Germany to undergo a therapy called Orthokine on his right knee and his shoulder, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms. Rodriguez underwent the procedure last month, but first cleared in with the commissioner' office to get the OK, Heyman was told. Rodriguez also gained permission from the Yankees before going to Europe for the treatment, where it was earlier in December.

Orthokine is a process that takes the blood from the patient's arm, spins it in a centrifuge and then into the problem area. Bryant underwent the same treatment last summer on his right knee and then again in October in his left ankle.

"A lot of athletes I've talked to really think this stuff works, but we really don't have a lot of scientific knowledge behind it of exactly what's happening," Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the co-chief of sports medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, told the Post. "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. You do it for a while and if it doesn't stay good you do it again in a few years."

Rodriguez had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in July. After the surgery, he hit .191/.345/.353 with three homers in 19 games and 84 plate appearances during the regular season and just .111/.261/.111 in the ALDS against the Tigers.

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Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:50 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

"LOL.  Wear and tear?  We finally get to see what a real ARod looks like without all of the juicing for his career." Ya he really struggled to perform in 05 and 07 withgout roids. hell even last year he was a top five 3rd baseman. So the question that really needs to be asked is do even watch baseball? O and the procedure was aparently taped so it's pretty good bet nothing happned.


DEX_MORGAN
Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:26 pm
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Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:35 pm
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Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:17 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

It's all well and good that it works right now, but I'd really be wary if I was one of these guys. There is a reason this isn't approved in the US and it's not a massive conspiracy, it's the fact that they really don't quite know what's going on and what effects that could have in the future. Much of the reason it takes forever to get medical treatment approved in the US is the endless amounts of testing and retesting and trouble-shooting they have to do, and the reason for that is to minimize the possible side-effects that could eventually lead to problems with patients, thus creating the chance for lawsuits against medical companies. When money is involved, it's a safe bet that companies will avoid things that aren't as safe as can be...and the fact that it hasn't yet been accepted tells me that their are some questions as to its safety. 

It may be fine and may be the next big thing in sports medicine, but it very easily could turn out badly and these guys will have nothing to thank but themselves for "not reading the warnings" of what they were potentially unknowingly doing. 



Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 4:48 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

LOL.  Wear and tear?  We finally get to see what a real ARod looks like without all of the juicing for his career.  A guy who struggles to hit 30 homeruns and who hasn't come close to batting .300 since 2008.  Remember all of those 40 and 50 homerun seasons?  Hah.  Can't say he doesn't deserve it after cheating the game of baseball with those other Yankee players.


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Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 4:26 pm
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Since: Feb 25, 2010
Posted on: December 28, 2011 4:03 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

STEROIDS




Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:53 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

Wow...Dr. Kobe Bryant got his license during the lockout...good for him..



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:50 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

If these guys would not have taken steroids, speed or some other PEDs, they probably would not have these types of injuries

Could it be quite possible that people just get hurt? cause if this were facts then Mickey mantle should have been a steroid user



Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:41 pm
 

A-Rod went to Germany for knee procedure

If these guys would not have taken steroids, speed or some other PEDs, they probably would not have these types of injuries.  Treating one side effect with a procedure that will produce unknown side effects is going down a slippery slope.  But as we know, professional athletics is a way to make a lot of money.  There is nothing wrong with mortgaging the future if you are a young buck. 


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