Salt Lake City, Utah
In 2001, I had a snowboarding accident where I hit a tree stump and folded my knee over. I tore my ACL, MCL and Meniscus. Since then, I’ve had 3 surgeries on my left knee to repair that, and my cartilage is just degenerated with post-traumatic arthritis. It limited me in what I could do. There was a lot of bone on bone pain.
Before my knee injury, I played on 3 or 4 basketball leagues; I was very active. That was kind of my passion, what I loved to do.
I had pain quite frequently just in my daily walking around, even just going up stairs. Since I loved to play sports it was hard on me. I still tried to go out and play basketball with my buddies, but I’d pay the price for it. I would barely have the ability to move my knee for up to 3 weeks.
The last time I went into surgery, which was about two years ago, they said that my next step was a knee replacement. That got me looking into other options.
The first time I heard about regenerative therapy was about 4 years ago, when I started to do a little research. I found out about platelet rich plasma (PRP) and thought that might be interesting. A friend told me that I should try stem cells and when I heard “stem cells,” I thought it sounded more cutting-edge than a knee replacement.
It’s a different alternative to taking something and putting it into your body that’s not natural. I thought that regenerative therapy would be better than going through a knee replacement.
About 4 months ago, I had my first treatment. I was a bit nervous because I didn’t know what it was to harvest stem cells from bone marrow but the procedure wasn’t bad at all. There are no side effects; not a lot of a pain during the process. Since then, the pain that I have daily is almost gone. I still have a little bit but it has improved considerably.
I’m kind of a skeptic on a lot of things, but this has actually worked quite well. People will ask me, “Hey, how did that stem cell therapy work out for you?” And I’ve been very positive in my response. It’s been really good for me and it has reduced my pain. I would definitely recommend it.
With 3 surgeries on my left knee and 2 on my right, and the very long recovery time, I haven’t seen the benefits. I’ve seen more positive results with this than with my knee arthroscopies and surgeries.
I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the court and playing more basketball.