We have treated many pro and college athletes through the years, but often they don’t want to talk about their treatment. Taylor Gold is an Olympic snowboarder who has been dogged by injuries and ineffective surgeries for years. This week he reported to his local newspaper his very personal story of recovery using the advanced culture-expansion site in Grand Cayman.
If you have ever spent any time in our Colorado HQ site, you can see that our walls are lined with pictures of professional athletes. While a few will talk about their experiences publicly, professional team athletes, like football players, don’t generally want to talk about their experience. Why? Any admission of medical or orthopedic problems that require treatment reduces the contract value to an NFL player.
Taylor is a professional snowboarder who is a two-time U.S. Revolution Tour champion, 2013 Copper Mountain Grand Prix/World Cup champion, 2014 Red Bull Double Pipe and 2014 Burton US Open champion. He is also a 2011 FIS Junior World Championships silver medalist, 2013 Breckenridge Dew Tour iON Mountain bronze medalist, and Mammoth Mountain U.S. Grand Prix silver medalist (2013–14). He also competed for the United States in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Taylor initially fractured his kneecap several years ago and then had multiple surgeries, each to repair the damage of the last, including scarring in the joint. According to the Summit Daily News, “’I was struggling so much just to go up there and ride,’ Gold said. ‘The pipe was still really painful, and at that point, I had no idea what to do. I didn’t think I could ride as hard as I wanted to or needed to to make the (Olympic) team.’”
While there are many stem cell scams out there right now involving umbilical cord and amniotic stem cells that claim to deliver “millions” of stem cells to patients, if you really want to have millions of stem cells, there is only one way to do that for real. That involves taking your bone marrow or fat, isolating those stem cells, and culturing them to grow higher numbers over several weeks. That’s what Taylor did.
Taylor also received his injections from an expert in interventional orthopedics, to learn more about what that is, see my video below:
Taylor visited our Grand Cayman licensed advanced practice site, where growing stem cells is allowed. Why? His dad had been treated at our Colorado HQ site for his low back. So how did Taylor do? This is what the Summit Daily News recorded:
“Gold’s rehabbing process ran through the remainder of summer 2018, limiting his time to train for the season. He returned to the Switzerland training camp in fall 2018, nervous, since it had been the place he had decided he couldn’t contend for the Olympics.
But he rode the pipe with a strong, effortless finesse and no pain. The emotions overcame him.
‘I was maybe tearing up on the chair,’ Gold said.
His highest World Cup placement this season came in Laax, Switzerland, on Jan. 19, when he took 12th, but he had qualified the day before in second.
‘You saw him go from injured Taylor to 2014 Taylor,’ Bower said. ‘When he does come back next year, I expect him to be better than ever.’”
The upshot? Taylor found out what real stem cell therapy can do. We’re happy that he chose Regenexx and is back to competing for the Gold!
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About the Author
Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…