The PERSPECTIVE section of the Chicago Tribune / Wednesday, February 11, 2015 ran the headline and an article written by Gerald D Skoning. It was well thought out, I have kept the page on my desk since February thinking that this was a marvelous subject for me to Blog about and how to possibly extend the career of injured or aging athletes, be they amateur or professional.

I am surrounded by several good friends who want to continue skiing, cycling, wadding up a stream with fly rod in hand, or spend an hour each day in the health club. Unfortunately, most of my contemporaries in their sixties and seventies have hung up their athletic gear but maybe it isn’t too late for you. An athlete doesn’t have to win but you might still enjoy competing and participating. Our mission statement is our ethos. Mary, the research coordinator and physical therapist in our office wore her medal to work on Tuesday earned as a cycling participant in the Co-Ed relay division of the Chicago Triathlon two weekends ago. I have recently returned from a week of cycling and fly fishing in Southwest Wisconsin. I am not injury free nor have I avoided the effects of arthritis after a lifetime of athletic participation. When the time came where I was surrounded by “ I am just a used to be”; I opted for a cellular orthopedic intervention to my left knee and here I am. Grit and determination can prolong your recreational and athletic enjoyment; so can Orthobiologics. Our regenerative offerings contain an enhanced profile of ant-inflammatory cytokines, anabolic growth factors, and adult mesenchymal stem cells. Our data clearly documents improved function of the knee. With the introduction of Subchondroplasty, we hope to do even better. Whereas our initial hip outcomes did not compare to those of the knee, the several patients who returned for a second procedure are doing extremely well. Now I am happy to note that patients presenting with arthritic shoulders and ankles are very improved from our interventions,

You must decide if you want to be a “still” or “used to be”. When four of us rode up and down the hills of the Driftless Area two weeks ago for hours at a time, you couldn’t match that camaraderie. I did the same four weeks earlier with my wife and two sons; the time has not come and I won’t quit because the next orthobiologic intervention for the other knee is waiting.

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