Josh is an active guy with a dream who was being held back by injury but was able to push through with the help of interventional orthopedic medicine.

A 34-year-old firefighter who had knee pain and neck pain, Josh first injured his knee approximately three years ago. That resolved fairly quickly. When he started practicing jiu-jitsu, however, he began having increasing knee pain with catching and popping. The pain was severe enough to prevent him from continuing jiu-jitsu. He tried physical therapy, but the issue remained. Josh began having neck pain after a year and a half of lower level pain at the back of his shoulder blade, and he had numbness and tingling radiating into his thumb and second finger. Physical therapy, massage, and chiropractic helped only temporarily. A neck MRI showed a disc bulge pressing on the C6 nerve, and a knee MRI showed meniscus tears, osteoarthritis, and a bone-marrow lesion.

Surgeries to remove the disc and parts of the meniscus would set Josh up for more osteoarthritis and other problems down the road. Instead, Josh’s own super-concentrated platelet-rich plasma was precisely injected into his lax medial collateral ligament (MCL), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and torn meniscus using the Regenexx SCP procedure. The Regenexx PL-Disc procedure was used as an alternative to neck surgery.

Here’s Josh’s report of how he’s doing now: “With my cervical disc herniation and my torn meniscus I didn’t think I would be able to continue working as a firefighter or continue to train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai boxing. Since the first procedure I have improved greatly and have been able to train and perform both at work and in the gym. This week I was awarded my blue belt. I never thought I would reach that goal.”

“Helping Firefighter Keep Kicking with Neck-Surgery Alternative” first appeared as a post on the Regenexx blog.