Wayne Gretsky has Consultation at Marina Del Rey

Gretzky, then the captain of the L.A. Kings, had a disc protruding into the spinal canal and interfering with nerves. The injury was at the level of the shoulder blades — a location so unusual that Dr. Watkins called it "one in a million." Although the injury had the potential to end an athletic career, Dr. Watkins said that surgery was not the best course and Gretzky had the potential to make a full recovery. With a treatment protocol in place, Gretzky did exactly that. He remained with the Kings until 1996, and after a year with the St. Louis Blues and two with the New York Rangers, he retired in 1999, seven years after consulting with Dr. Watkins and opting for conservative treatment.

Gretzky, then the captain of the L.A. Kings, had a disc protruding into the spinal canal and interfering with nerves. The injury was at the level of the shoulder blades — a location so unusual that Dr. Watkins called it "one in a million."

Although the injury had the potential to end an athletic career, Dr. Watkins said that surgery was not the best course and Gretzky had the potential to make a full recovery. With a treatment protocol in place, Gretzky did exactly that. He remained with the Kings until 1996, and after a year with the St. Louis Blues and two with the New York Rangers, he retired in 1999, seven years after consulting with Dr. Watkins and opting for conservative treatment.

Almost fifteen years on, Gretzky still holds the individual records goals scored in one season and in an entire career. He is widely considered the greatest ice hockey player ever.