Orthobiologic Treatments For Volleyball Player’s Knee Pain
Today we did a follow up on an 18-year-old athlete volleyball player who injured his knees in the past, requiring arthroscopic surgery and partial meniscectomy.
He actually had two knee surgeries and physical therapy after that. In addition, he injured his right knee playing beach volleyball. When we initially saw him six months ago, an MRI of the right knee showed moderate joint swelling with a full thickness cartilage fissure along the medial portion of the lateral femoral condyle with subchondral edema. His MRI of the left knee showed prior meniscectomy.
In our initial examination, the patient had 1+ instability of the ligaments of the left knee. He had evidence of a patellar tendinitis, patellofemoral syndrome, also known as, chondromalacia patella with trigger points in the thigh muscles. Both knees had evidence of patellofemoral syndrome and symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter condition.
I put the patient through a course of the treatment using a combination of prolotherapy and autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) grafting to the knee joint, infrapatellar, suprapatellar, and tendon structures. The patient had four treatments to each knee in total and today we did a follow-up visit.
He reports that he has 0/10 pain in both knees. He is back playing volleyball, running, jumping, and even diving for the ball. We suggested he wear knee pads when playing volleyball just for protection, but otherwise, he is back to unrestricted activity and doing fine.
Here is another case study demonstrating the regenerative and pain eliminating powers of using orthobiologic treatments without surgery.
Website case studies are provided for educational and evaluation purposes of the available treatments offered by our office. It is important to note that although Dr. E. Magaziner has a high rate of success treating patients, there is no guarantee of a positive outcome given the variables relative to each case and individual being treated.