Andrew Bynum spent Thursday with physician Dr. David Altchek in New York City where he received a pair of joint-lubricant injections in his injured knees.
The Synvisc injections, which Bynum received in both knees, are common for basketball players preparing to pick up their action on the court. A Sixers’ spokesman said the appointment with Dr. Altchek was scheduled previously and is not a setback.
Bynum received a pair of Synvisc injections in September in anticipation for October’s training camp. However, there were setbacks with Bynum’s knees along the way.
Last month, Bynum said he was engaging in a six-part rehab process to recover from a bilateral bone bruise in both knees. He also said he has no cartilage in his knees, but that the swelling from the injury had dissipated and he was feeling no pain.
During Tuesday’s practice, Bynum was seen participating in agility drills with lots of lateral movement and stops and starts. He also jumped a bit during his shooting drills, including a pair of thunderous dunks at the end of the workout.
Still, Bynum said he was going to exercise caution with his comeback.
“I want it to go smoothly. I don’t want any setbacks,” Bynum said on Monday. “If I go out there, I’ll do something stupid.”
Obviously, Bynum is the missing piece for the 19-26 Sixers. Though the Sixers’ big men performed well during Wednesday night’s victory over the Washington Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center, it has taken much wrangling and design by coach Doug Collins to get production from the frontcourt.
“I think he’s feeling better. The one thing we have to understand is that he’s not all of a sudden going to jump into a five-on-five scrimmage,” Collins said. “We’re excited about that and hopefully we can continue to win games and put ourselves in position to do something to close out the season.
“I thought going into the season with Andrew Bynum that we’d be a 60 percent winning team. I thought at worst we’d win 60 percent of our games. So if you take 60 percent of 45, what is that, 27? That’s where we’d be right now.”
According to the Genzyme Corporation, the company that manufactures the Synvisc injection, the injection is made from a natural substance that lubricates and cushions the joint. Just one injection can provide up to six months of osteoarthritis knee pain relief.
If Bynum is receiving a second round of injections, he should be taken care of for the rest of the NBA season.
Bynum, who has been ramping up his workouts with the Sixers, will take a couple of days off before returning to basketball-related activities. The All-Star center has been targeting a timeframe around the NBA All-Star break for his return. The Sixers begin the break after the Feb. 13 game in Milwaukee and restart the season on Feb. 20 in Minnesota.
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