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Arthritis Reunites Kobe and Shaq

Feature post by Hank LendvoyOsteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis affect not only children, seniors, and even Pope John Paul II, but two all-star NBA players and ex-teammates who dominated the hardwood over the pass 15 years. Together, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant won three consecutive NBA titles before personality differences led Shaq to leave and sign with Miami.

While at Miami Shaq was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his big toe (“Big” when you consider he has size 23 feet). It affected Shaq’s game when he missed the first 12 games of the 2002-2003 because of toe surgery to treat his arthritis during which time he stated, “I got hurt on company time, so I’ll heal on company time.”

A few years after Shaq’s diagnosis, Kobe was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis may be a long name, but in short it motivated Kobe to travel to Germany to get a procedure by a little-known molecular orthopedist named Dr. Peter Wehling, as seen above. Inflammatory arthritis has affected Kobe’s game but we may be closer to a cure after Dr. Peter Wehling stated taht he has had a 90% success rate with, “…genetically screening his patients to personlize their treatments.”