A sports injury can be a huge hit to your career, but reparative surgery is expensive, time-consuming, and risky. If not treated correctly, an injury can not only keep you from doing what you love but can cause you to miss out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in your career.
Kemba Walker, the point guard for the Boston Celtics, knows this feeling all too well. After experiencing ongoing soreness, he tweaked his left knee in a game and was never the same.
There must be a better way to heal well and get back to what you love!
Medical help in your best interest shouldn’t be so hard to find. Surgery shouldn’t be the only option presented. It restructures and repairs, but will it help you have a full recovery, get you back in the game quickly, or care for you as an athlete holistically?
What is Kemba Walker doing for his treatment? After seeking several professional opinions, Walker has found a non-invasive, holistic approach for his knee that includes stem cell therapy for injuries.
How will stem cell therapy help Walker’s knee?
While we don’t know the details of Walker’s knee injury, we do know how transformative stem cell therapy and advanced regenerative orthopedic treatments can be for knee and other sports-related injuries.
Dr. Albano, M.D. enjoys a very active lifestyle and understands firsthand how important it can be to get the right treatment to relieve and heal a painful injury. The Albano Clinic provides stem cell therapy to Utah, offering many, customizable options that are far less invasive than traditional surgery. Patients visit us from all over the country to find non-invasive, comprehensive solutions to bring them back to health.
The Albano Clinic specializes in advanced orthopedic stem cell procedures that harness the body’s regenerating cells and natural inflammation process to promote healing. We are able to precisely harvest and place stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into knee injuries, like Walker’s, activating the body’s natural healing processes – without the risk of surgery.
Walker’s Treatment Plan
While we don’t know Walker’s exact treatment plan, here’s a glimpse at what the process might look like if a patient with a knee injury like his came to the Albano Clinic.
1.Understand the injury.
First, a physician will examine your injury thoroughly and walk you through exactly what’s going on inside your knee. Common knee injuries include meniscal tears and osteoarthritis.
Walker sought examination and advice from trusted specialists before making a decision about his treatment. At the Albano Clinic, we take pride in being an honest, guiding voice for our patients.
2. Get a customized plan of action that suits your needs.
While stem cell therapy for a torn meniscus may be a huge part of a successful treatment, there are several other factors to consider. The physician may determine you need a combination of stem cells and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. These procedures are both short and non-invasive, similar to having blood drawn. Once the harvesting is done, the physician will often use musculoskeletal ultrasound or fluoroscopy to precisely target and inject the stem cells into the injured area. You may experience some pain and swelling right after the procedure, but can expect to recover within a few days.
Once your injections take place, a customized physical therapy regimen will be imperative in strengthening your knee and getting you back in the game. Reports say Walker is taking part in a 12-week strengthening program in addition to stem cell therapy.
3. Get back in the game!
Many patients experience results within a few weeks and continue to see the improvement for up to four months.
Walker plans to re-join his team in January after his 12-week strengthening program. He will start with short bursts of activity, and ramp-up to full games over time. This is wise. Finding doctors and coaches who have his best interest in mind will be imperative to a true and full recovery.
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said hearing several specialists say he wouldn’t need surgery “gave [Walker] peace of mind.”
Surgery is not the only option when you experience a knee injury – or any sports-related injury! Make sure to set up a consultation with the Albano Clinic before making a big decision about your path to healing.
“It’s something that a lot of athletes go through,” Walker said to NBC Sports. “Injuries happen. You’re not going to feel your best all the time. I’m just staying positive.”
Don’t miss out on great opportunities because you didn’t get the best care the first time.
Stay positive, knowing you can recover fully and do what you love, knowing you’ve done it right!