MJ is a 61 year old financial strategist from New York city who stepped off a curb in 2005 and tore the meniscus in her right knee. She had a partial menisectomy surgery in 2006 and regrettably, things got worse. Due to changes in her walking style from the pain in the right knee, her left hip began hurting. When we first performed an evaluation last year, she was able to get around New York on foot only with an unloader brace and had difficulty with walking long distances. She had a small and degenerative meniscus, but still had good cartilage in the knee. She had also tried specialized exercises for the knee that seemed to control the pain and improve function. Her left hip MRI showed had a torn and frayed labrum, but again with good cartilage preservation. The patient had Regenexx-C, Regenexx-SCP, and Regenexx-PL injections into primarily multiple areas in the right knee, left hip, and low back. here is her report (procedures began in March 2010 and last procedure in October 2010):
I was told by two orthopedic surgeons that my right knee was “gone” and the only hope was joint replacement.
My left knee was “still manageable”. They also said my left hip had severe arthritis. A chiropractor said, because my right leg was crooked, my back would further deteriorate.
Getting ready for spring bike riding, I rode the gym bike 10 miles at levels 8 and 9 last week. I easily walk 2 or 2.5 miles daily, no pain ever: not even in the rain. After walking 3 or 4 miles, there is no joint pain in either knee, or left hip. My back is great, all numbness and tingling is gone from both hands and feet. My right leg is perfectly straight. The brace is necessary for walking long distances. Time frame about 1.5 years.
We’re glad to hear MJ is doing better and chose to knee and hip stem cell injections to treat her problems without the need for surgery. In addition, it’s important to note that not every patient would be expected to get these same results.