by Dr. Joseph Wilson, DC-APC
Falling down at any time during your golden years can be a critical situation. As a doctor, it’s a wonderful feeling when you see patients and they are doing well. Recently, I had an opportunity to speak with a patient I treated for a rotor cuff tear. Lollie, a sweet and genuine woman, contacted my office to inquire about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Regenerative Medicine. She was well informed and was eager to try embryonic stem cell treatments. “Doc,” she said, I can still recall the way she stood in front of me and reenacted the fall, “I stood up and next thing you know I was falling into a dresser, then the floor. I fell so hard it knocked the wind out of me.” The entire reenactment resembled a college football play I experienced. But at 83 years of age, any fall could be fatal.
Lollie waited for a little over three months to see a doctor who diagnosed her injury as a rotor cuff tear. She experienced an extreme amount of pain until she contacted our office. “I wasn’t able to lay on my arm, often times I would cry herself to sleep,” she said. We started Lollie’s treatment immediately with four PRP injections and a stem cell treatment. “It took me four weeks before I could really feel the difference; today I feel great Doc,” she said. “It’s a shame that I didn’t try regenerative medicine sooner because I have so much catching up to do from being in pain. My calendar is always full.” Lollie had just returned from a trip to Texas where she visited her granddaughter and toured the Lone Star State. She is enjoying her life once again; free from pain and has healed incredibly well.
I am overwhelmed with pride when my staff and I are able to help patients who suffer from skeletal or muscular degeneration. Although the stories are sometimes repetitious, there are those that cannot be forgotten. Once such patient was a young man in his early twenties who liked to ride motorcycles. Juan was riding his motorcycle when he was hit by a car who hadn’t seen him. I remember him telling me,“ Doc, I was going the speed limit when this woman hit me from the side,” he said. Juan was ejected from his bike and sustained an injury to his wrist. When I met Juan, he was unable to work and was in consistent pain. His wrist was fractured and had ligament and nerve damage that eventually evolved into bone on bone pain issues. Juan refused surgery because it would take four to six months to recover and would require extensive therapy and heavy narcotics. Juan works in the field of message therapy and it’s critical that his hands are functional. In a month’s time, we administered three PRP treatments on Juan’s wrist. By the third treatment Juan was able to regain full motion of his wrist and had less pain and inflation in his wrist.
Every case is different, but the testimonies are very similar because a large number of our patients strongly urge friends and family suffering with joint and knee pain to try regenerative medicine as an alternative to surgery or narcotics that can have catastrophic end results. You owe it to yourself to be pain free. At Southwest Regenerative Medicine, we believe there ought not be any barriers between you and a pain-free lifestyle.