My name is Matt O. I had been having pain in my right knee for about 2-3 years before coming to Midwest Integrated Medical Center. An MRI confirmed I had torn cartilage under the knee cap. I had sharp pains in my knee when doing simple tasks like walking up and down stairs. I was not able to keep up on my cardio to keep my body in shape. My knee would swell after running and bicycling. The pain had a negative impact on my professional life because I was required to meet certain physical fitness standards and I was unable to meet those standards because of my knee pain.
My primary care physician had referred me to an orthopedic specialist for a consultation. The orthopedic specialist recommended an invasive scoping procedure to remove bits of torn cartilage from my knee and to smooth the area where the cartilage was torn. They told me my recovery time would take 3-4 months, which was time I could not afford to take off work.
I had been researching stem cell injections prior to my visit with the orthopedic specialist. Following my orthopedic specialist consultation, I met with Midwest Integrated Medical Center. They thoroughly explained the procedure and how everything works. I was told I would not need take any time off work following the injection.
Following the procedure, I felt little to no pain from the injection. At my first rehabilitation session, I was unable to flex my heel to my butt without pain. About 2-3 weeks after the injection, I began noticing a improvement in the amount of pain in my knee. I started making progress with the amount of flexibility in my knee without experiencing any pain. When I completed my rehabilitation sessions, and even still now, I can completely flex my knee and do walking lunges without little to no pain. I am gradually increasing my levels of physical fitness along with the stretching and strengthening exercises that I learned and am happy to report I feel little to no pain.
The program was not difficult at all. I would highly recommend this procedure to anyone with similar issues. At the very least, go for the consultation to see if you would make a good candidate for regenerative therapy.