Doctor says: “Your knees are worn out”
From my late teenage years I started to run, I had no issues until my late 20s. I began to get pain in my toe joints, when this occurred, I must have started to compensate for this by putting more stress on my knees. Currently, I have a lot of knee pain, with my left knee hurting much more than my right. However, my right knee also hurts depending on how it is used; additionally, it also cracks (without pain), when I use it. Now, I have seen three orthopedic surgeons between two different practices and as soon as they see the report, they want nothing to do with me, they say they cannot fix the problem I have and send me on my way.
Here are the MRI results:
FINDINGS: The medial and lateral menisci both appear normal. No meniscal tear is seen. The ACL and PCL are intact. The collateral ligaments are unremarkable. The extensor mechanism appears normal. Diffuse cartilage irregularity is noted along the patellar apex and the medial facet with full-thickness cartilage fissuring and fibrillation along the medial patellar facet. No other focal cartilage defects are seen. The bone and bone marrow are normal. A small joint effusion is present.
IMPRESSION: Right patellar chondromalcia, including full-thickness fissuring along the medial patellar facet. Small right knee joint effusion.
FINDINGS: The medial and lateral menisci both appear normal. No meniscal tear is seen. The ACL and PCL are intact. The collateral ligaments are unremarkable. The extensor mechanism appears normal. Cartilage irregularity, fibrillation, and partial-thickness fissuring are noted along the patellar apex and medial patellar facet, including the formation of a crtilage flap at the junction between the apex and medial facet that measures roughly 6 x 9 mm. No other focal cartidilage defects are seen. Tiny toci of ill-defined marrow edema are seen in the medial and lateral femoral condyles and lateral tibia plateau. No discrete fracture is identified. A small joint effusion is present.
IMPRESSION: Left patellar chondromalicia, including partial thickness cartilage fissuring with formation of cartilage flap at the junction between the patellar apex and medial facet. Tiny foci of ill-defined marrow edema in the left distal femur and proximal tibia, most likely reflecting stress-related changes. No discrete fracture is identified. Small left knee joint effusion.
So I started to look for a possible solution, there is a company named Regenex – Where they culture stem cells from your body and re-inject them (there are multiple methods available) back into your knees, from there they will re-grow into cartilage to repair the knees.
1) I watched a few video/testimonials on this, it seems positive so far, but was curious if there was anyone on here who has had this done and what their outcome had been?
2) Additionally, what are people’s thoughts on this?
3) Does anyone else have the same or similar issues, how have you learned to cope with this?
4) Has any physical therapy helped you or any surgery/treatments aside from the genetic method mentioned above?
Any other advice?
Re: Doctor says: “Your knees are worn out”
I had chondromalacia in both knees a few years ago. I tried physical therapy several times, (taping-of my kneecaps...they were tracking laterally out of their grooves (this issue showed up on a special x-ray view, not an mri)), and knee braces. Those were short term fixes for me. I ended up having surgery on each knee a year apart. The surgeon fixed my kneecap tracking issues and cleaned out the damaged cartilage under my kneecaps. My last knee surgery was in March 2010. Both of my knees are doing well. I am more active now than I ever have been in my life.
I hope this gave you some encouragement that the problem can get better. I did not have the stem cell treatment done. That was never mentioned as an option.
Re: Doctor says: “Your knees are worn out”
glad I stumbled across this thread ... I have the same question re: Regenexx
I have contacted a local clinic who does this and the cost is anywhere between $1,200 - $8,000 "per site", whatever that means ...
I've had 3 surgeries on the same knee over about 15 years. 1st two were arthriscopic, the last one he opened it up ... Torn Medial Meniscus ... now has progressed to bone on bone as I aged. I am really hampered by this and can no longer play tennis or run - even walking long distances or hiking is painful ... I'm REALLY trying to find relief and don't want to try the full replacement yet ... So I'd also like to hear form anyone who's gone thru this stem cell thing. Thanks
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