Surgery Didn’t Help My Torn ACL

I tore my ACL in 2001. I had surgery and thought everything was repaired successfully.

About 12 years later, I had some knee pain and had another MRI. There was no ACL left.

I had gone through surgery for nothing. All the rehab and sickness post op meant nothing. I only had scar tissue to show for my troubles.

Although I no longer had a functioning ACL, I opted for PRP and prolotherapy to help my pain which it did and allowed me to be active again.

If I could go back in time and knew about PRP in 2001, I would have opted for that treatment instead of surgery. Surgery itself is not a guarantee that everything will be fine.

Knee pain is very common for many people. It is estimated that 15-20% of the population suffers from this problem. Pain can occur for many different reasons.

In patients with sports injuries, we look for any structural damage from the accident. On MRIs, we may find meniscal and large ligament injuries such as the ACL, but at other times we may not find very much. We are told everything is fine and to take some acetaminophen or ibuprofen. We ice, rest, and go to physical therapy if necessary.

If the pain is still there, steroid injections are given. Surgery is a last resort if there is something to actually treat. If there is nothing to really perform surgery on, we are told to just wait and see.

Perhaps there is some wearing of cartilage which may necessitate a knee replacement some might say.

What is lost is that there are other treatment options beyond steroid injections and surgery.

For the acute sports injury, conservative treatment with physical therapy, rest, and meds are great, but regenerative medicine treatments such as prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cells can get us back faster without the need for surgery if the condition is treatable.

Steroids only hasten further destruction of the joint.

Regenerative treatments can help build things back up.

Injuries to our knees that linger on can lead to arthritis and chronic pain. While HA injections may help lubricate your knee for a little while, it will not fix any underlying issues.

Patients with knee replacements can still have pain after the procedure. A good option is comprehensively treating the whole knee with PRP or stem cells to address these issues.

In fact, HA and PRP together has shown to be beneficial in tandem according to recent research.

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