Los Angeles Lakers: Dr. Robert Klapper

Dr. Robert Klapper on Kobe Bryant's wrist injury

December, 21, 2011
12/21/11
1:58
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Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLosAngeles.com
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Dr. Robert Klapper, chief of orthopedics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group (and co-host of the Weekend Warrior Show), joined Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on 710 radio this afternoon, breaking down the injury to Kobe Bryant's wrist.

Listen here for all the details, but here are a few helpful nuggets:
  • "Lunotriquetral" represents the different bones in the wrist. "These are tiny ligaments that keep the multiple bones in your wrist together, so you have movement as well as stability," Klapper says.
  • "You usually don't have to operate on them, but it means that you need to let them rest so you can heal."
  • Hands and wrists, Klapper says, heal faster than an ankle fracture, for example. He notes that the length of Kobe's absence depends on the specific diagnosis. How severe is the tear? Recovery time could be a month, it could be less. Bryant really could be day-to-day if the tear is "microscopic." God is in the details.
  • Interestingly enough, Klapper says anti-inflammatory medicines "have been shown to delay the healing." Meanwhile, Vitamin C helps speed healing (and as an added benefit, staves off scurvy, should Bryant take up pirating in his spare time).

Much more information needs to come out on the injury before people know exactly how hard to hit the panic button, but needless to say the day's events don't do much to clear the stormy clouds forming around the 2011-12 season for the Lakers.

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POINTS
Kobe Bryant
PTS AST STL MIN
22.3 5.6 1.3 34.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Hill 8.0
AssistsK. Bryant 5.6
StealsR. Price 1.6
BlocksE. Davis 1.3