Standing on crutches, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant confirmed the news, his injuries were taking him out of the playoffs.Bryant told ESPN that he suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 118-116 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday, putting an end to his season.
Bryant says, "It's a terrible feeling, man." Bryant will undergo an MRI on Saturday, but the team is calling the injury a "probable" and "complete tear."
ESPN reported that Bryant fell to the floor with 3:08 remaining in the fourth quarter while being guarded by the Warriors' Harrison Barnes. "I made a move that I make a million times and it just popped," said Bryant.
Pain management expert Dr. Akash Bajaj treats many professional athletes in the Los Angeles area and spoke to us about Kobe's injury.
“Kobe injury may seem trivial but it is probably the result of continued and chronic high impact and force on his various joints, ligaments and tendons. In essence this may be the straw that broke the camel’s back," says Dr. Bajaj. "Years and years of heavy impact force, and stress is apparently taking its toll"
"Although Kobe had traveled to Germany last year for 'regenokine' it seems this was helpful but nothing can stop the rapid progression and degeneration of these professional athletes."
Dr. Bajaj offered athletes a list of options when faced with injuries sustained in their sports.
"There are steps we can take to minimize the damage and/or extend their ability to compete."