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Greg Oden now faces hard road seldom set

Posted on: November 18, 2010 1:39 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 1:40 am
Other players who have faced the kind of terrible injury luck Greg Oden has. Posted by Matt Moore

Kenyon Martin.

That's the first name you need to take a good hard look at. I asked the question on Twitter because honestly, I couldn't think of anyone else. Microfracture is hard enough on one leg. But two? That's madness. That's too much. But Trey Kerby reminded me: Kenyon Martin .

Martin underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee on May 6, 2005, and then on his right knee on November 15, 2006. That's two knee microfracture surgeries within two years, which is actually worse than what Oden has gone through... but only in terms of microfracture. Oden also had surgery on his broken patella last season and his broken wrist in high school ,

Martin, though, did have microfracture on each knee and has returned to being a solid player, despite his inability to get back on the floor this season with a knee injury. The huge difference, though, is that Martin was a star player before the first surgery. Oden's never been able to get on the floor without lingering effects of an injury in some capacity.

Grant Hill will also be brought up, but his was a specific recurring injury in his ankle. Amar'e Stoudemire is the constant discussion point when it comes to microfracture, to the point where the Suns refused to give him a contract guaranteed for five years due to concerns about the knee and Stoudemire has had insurance issues because of it and his eye injury. Tracy McGrady is another injury-embattled star who underwent microfracture, but again, his pre-injury career far exceeds that of what Oden accomplished in the league througout his career, which was injury-beset in the beginning.

For Oden to get back, it will take a monumental devotion to the game and fighting through every conceivable setback he can suffer, as well as some brief, tiny moment of good luck to fall upon him to let him heal correctly. As Ken Berger writes, though, Oden's time may be  up, especially in Portland .


Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 3:13 am

Dokadow is right...

This man is vitamin D deficient.

Whether the problem is in the cartilege or bone, vitamin D deficiency is associated with both.


I guarantee he is magnesium deficient as well - part of the reason his injuries linger.  Athletes have increased need for magnesium over the general population.

Both deficiencies are world-wide epidemics, so it should come as no surprise.

Phosphorus and Boron probably needed here also.

Knee cartilege does not grow back - blood supply to the knee is insufficient for regeneration.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2010 11:09 am

Greg Oden now faces hard road seldom set

I'll take you up on your bet, Dokadow.  Greg Oden does not have microfractures.  He has problems with the cartilage in his knee.  The surgeon creates the microfractures during the surgery so that the body will treat this as an injury and create new cartilage.  Please send me the $10,000 check ASAP.

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:53 am

Greg Oden now faces hard road seldom set

It's not as if they guy was just walking down the court and got a fracture... He's playing basketball, and working out, and practicing...etc...etc

I'm assuming that doctors who are getting paid millions by these atheletes and do it everyday, aren't going to need tips from someone posting on CBS.Sportsline. No offense.

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2010 2:23 am

Greg Oden now faces hard road seldom set

He has an extreme" Vitamin" D deficiency.

I suspect his current circulating "vitamin" D level is in the teens. If so he has more health issues than microfractures headed his way.

I'll bet he gets sick alot- colds, flu, stomach viruses, etc.

NOBODY gets microfractures who is not severely, chronically, vitamin D deficient.

His doctors and advisors will never figure this out.

He needs to raise his serum vitamin D to at least 50-80 ng/ml, 25 OH. Zero chance of recovery in any meaningful way unless he maintains this level for the rest of his career.

I'll bet $10,000.00 I am right.

If ignored his condition will get worse, not better.

If he is traded to a sunnier region his condition will improve. 98% of the doctors looking at his case will be clueless or ascribe his recovery, in a sunny place, to something else.

They will be wrong.

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