Published on October 3, 2013.
Orthokine Regenokine Knee Injections
ESPN REPORTS: “Kobe Bryant is in Germany and will undergo the platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokine on his right knee, a source confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com on Thursday.
Bryant underwent the same therapy on his right knee in Germany in 2011.
Yahoo! Sports earlier reported that the Los Angeles Lakers star was traveling to Germany for the treatment.
The Lakers said Thursday that Bryant had left the country Wednesday night to undergo an undisclosed medical procedure not related to the torn Achilles he suffered in April. The team said it expects him back early next week. ESPN Story
Orthokine or Regenokine Injections
Orthokine/Regenokine is similar to or even sometimes called a derivative of Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP).
As in PRP, blood is drawn from the patient and centifuged down. In PRP the process is performed to separate out blood platelets which enhance and accelerate soft tissue healing. In Orthokine/Regenokine, anti-inflammatory proteins called “Interleukin 1-Receptor Antagonist” or “IL1-RA” proteins are drawn and re-injected into the problem joint to block inflammation receptors. In simplest form, Orthokine/Regenokine is an anti-inflammatory treatment.
At the Magaziner Center for Wellness we do not specialize in anti-inflammatories to suppress symptoms, we specialize in treatments that enhance and rebuild damaged tissue. In elite athletes entering or in the twilight of their career, suppressing inflammation may be enough to keep them in the game in the short-term. For the younger athlete this treatment can be considered detrimental by some because it is not repairing anything, again, it is simply suppressing symptoms.
So why does everyone go to Germany? Everyone does not go to Germany, in the United States the treatment is not approved, but it still can be performed by doctors with “off label” use. Which is perfectly legal.
Professional athletes also use prolotherapy. Both Dr. Magaziner and Dr. Greenberg are experienced and skilled in prolotherapy treatments. Dr. Greenberg performs over 4,000 procedures per year, with some of his notable patients being Simon Gagne (left wing for the Philadelphia Flyers), Mark Simoneau (former starting linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles) and Mike Carey (linebacker for the Oakland Raiders).
The Magaziner Center for Wellness uses prolotherapy to alleviate pain in your neck, shoulders, back, hips, knees, elbows, hands, ankles and feet—non-surgically.
Dr. Greenberg discusses the use of Prolotherapy, a non-surgical alternative to treat osteoarthritis, chronic joint pain, back pain, and sport injuries.
Prolotherapy (proliferative therapy), also known as Reconstructive Injection Therapy (RIT) or Sclerotherapy, is a recognized orthopedic and holistic procedure that reconstructs joints, ligaments, and tendons weakened by trauma or arthritis.
Curing pain naturally
Prolotherapy stimulates your body’s healing mechanisms and restores normal function in injured joints, cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments. It works by placing precise injections into the damaged area to stimulate cytokines or cell signals, enabling the immune system to naturally repair the damage.
Joints weakened when ligaments and tendons are stretched, torn, or fragmented, become hypermobile and painful. Traditional approaches with anti-inflammatory drugs and surgery often fail to restore joint function and relieve pain permanently. Prolotherapy has the unique ability to directly address the cause of instability and repair the weakened sites, resulting in permanent stabilization of the joint — all without surgery.
First Dr. Greenberg cured his own pain. Now he cures tens of thousands.
Dr. Scott Greenberg is driven by having cured his own headaches and back pain resulting from having been struck by a drunk driver.
His expertise and leadership in the field of non-surgical joint reconstruction has lead him to innovate treatments to correct pelvic tilts and leg length discrepancies, headaches, sacroliliac/lumbar disorders, and neurological complications of head injuries. You might say, just as we’re taught to do unto others as you would do unto yourself, Dr. Greenberg now does for his patients.
What’s more, he has trained physicians from around the world in his techniques and is often featured on the news with his medical breakthroughs in chronic pain treatment.
Technology and compassion goes hand in hand.
Prolotherapy has a wide range of applications and can be used to relieve a broad spectrum of conditions, including
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Knee pain
• Back pain/ sacroiliac joint disorders
• Compression fractures
• Herniated discs
• Tennis elbow
• Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
• Foot and ankle problems
• Shoulder pain/ rotator cuff tendonitis
Prolotherapy treatments are administered as determined on an individual basis. Usually every three to five weeks. The length of the treatments is variable and depends on several factors, including nutritional status, ability to heal, and the degree and site of the injury involved. Some patients may experience complete relief from pain along with restoration of full function after only one or two treatments. Generally speaking, however, back and neck problems require from six to twelve sessions and less extensive injuries from one to six sessions. We ask patients to avoid any heavy-duty exertion during the treatments, but they are otherwise usually able to pursue their normal life and work schedules in between sessions.