Is Joint Replacement Surgery the Right Fix or Should You First Consider Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cells?

There is a very unique challenge concerning how to manage the results of aging and its effects on musculoskeletal well-being and continued participation in sports-from the weekend to the master athlete. Better understanding of the basic science of aging allows for better management of the physiological and biological issues and challenges facing the athletic baby boomer patient. The major problem as we age is weight gain despite a high level of activity and the same nutritional patterns as when we were younger. One must be aware that the body’s Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) comprises 60-75% of daily energy expenditure and that RMR decreases 20% from childhood to retirement. 

The Basic Science of Aging :Implications for the Male and Female Master Athletes

We all must recognize the normal physiologic effects of aging and how our activities of daily living, work related undertakings, recreational enjoyment, and participation in sports are impacted Are there appropriate non-operative treatment plans for patients with traumatic, degenerative, and arthritic conditions, particularly related to the knee, hip, shoulder and spine that might allow you to postpone or even avoid a joint replacement? By analyzing with you, the impact of joint replacement, cartilage regeneration techniques and rotator cuff procedures, I might assist you with the informed decision making process?

Joint replacement patients today are younger and more active than ever before. Half of all hip replacement surgeries this year are expected to be on people under age 65, with the same projection for knee replacement candidates by 2016 according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. It is thought that many middle aged athletes-the reader is empowered to define middle age and athlete-are wearing out their joints and suffering osteoarthritis years earlier than previous generations. I don’t necessarily subscribe to the notion; it may be that degeneration is no greater than in the past but functional demand and expectation has increased. In either case, if your G-d given joints don’t last a lifetime, what should you expect from an artificial joint with a predicted survivorship of 15 years average under minimal demand? What is the present indication for Platelet Rich Plasma and Autologous Mesenchymal Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells? Caution to the reader, while the content of this blog does not necessarily lend itself to sexual content and nudity ratings; be aware that PRP and Stem Cell management are not covered by third party payers at this time (XXX rated). Both are an out of pocket expenses

To be continued as I am leaving for my run, bike and rowing workout

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