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July 27, 2010

Recovery from Stem Cell Therapy

Knee surgery often requires significant post procedure rehabilitation.

Microfracture, a common surgical procedure designed to create new joint cartilage, requires 6-8 weeks of non weight bearing after surgery.  This can lead to muscle weakness, joint stiffness and significant post procedure physical therapy.

CB, a professional athlete, despite undergoing two knee surgeries continued to have significant knee pain and limited range of motion.  CB was unable to climb stairs or run without significant pain.  Instead of undergoing an additional surgery, CB elected to use his own expanded stem cells using the Regenexx procedure.

 CB underwent additional therapies at the Centeno-Schultz Clinic which  included  prolotherapy to tighten loose ligaments and lumbar epidural injections with platelet derived growth factors. Compared to many orthopedic surgeries which require limited activity and extensive physical therapy, CB’s postprocedure restrictions were minor:  no high impact activity such as running and the use of an un-loader brace for 2 weeks. 

Several weeks following stem cell therapy, CB reports 85% improvement in his range of motion and knee pain.  He wanted to challenge himself so he tackled Vail Mountain.  Looking sharp…….

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