A Knee Arthritis Stem Cell Injection for a Volleyball Player's Bad Knee...

POSTED ON 8/8/2015 IN Knee BY Christopher Centeno

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Brittany is a Collegiate Volleyball player and a student at Rutgers University, and one of those all around high achievers that isn't going to let an injury or a surgery gone wrong stop her. She developed severe knee osteoarthritis after an ACL reconstruction was complicated by an infection. She's also smart enough to find the right place to sort it all out.

Knee osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage covering the ends of the knee bones wears down or is damaged.  In this case, the severe damage was caused by an infection from the ACL reconstruction surgery itself, which is a complication of surgery often downplayed and overlooked.  Unfortunately, the damage done to a joint from these types of infections remains, even after the infection itself has been successfully treated.  Once the cartilage is damaged it can no longer protect the joint effectively, and other problems like meniscal damage, bone spurs, knee instability and damage to the bones themselves develop. Addressing a sudden problem like this as quickly as possible to avoid further problems is therefore crucial.  Brittany wisely sought the help of one of our New Jersey Regenexx Providers , Dr. Gerard Malanga of The New Jersey Regenerative Institute, who treated her with Regenexx SD and turned the tide of all that had gone so terribly wrong.  Dr. Malanga recently received this update from Brittany:

"I did it!! I played volleyball tonight and it's a miracle all thanks to you guys! My knee feels great and I was able to move really quickly on my feet again with all of the agility involved. I couldn't jump as high, but I can't expect that much from my first time. I attached a picture from after the open gym. Thank you so much for all you do, and I can't wait to keep improving after this PRP dose next Friday!! "  

Brittany A. Wolf

Rutgers University

New Brunswick School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Exercise Science and Pre-Medicine Major

American Medical Student Association

The upshot?  In this situation it was important to get an accurate diagnosis and get the power of her own stem cells and platelet growth factors to the area.  Aside from the physical damage itself, the negative chemical environment within the joint created by the surgery, the infection and the necessary treatment of the infection, fueled a cycle of ongoing damage which made healing impossible. We're very happy for Brittany - Sounds like she'll continue to score in Volleyball, and my bet is, in her future as well!

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