Healing Properties Inside Patient’s Blood

Regenerative medicine restores active lifestyles for those limited by injuries.

“I’m really glad I looked into what QC Kinetix has to offer because it worked really well for me.” – Jeff

If his skill set had matched his passion for the game, Jeff Kelly would have played soccer through college and maybe beyond. His talent only carried him through high school, though, so when Jeff got to college, he suddenly found himself on the outside of the soccer pitch looking in, but with lots of energy that needed to be expelled.

“That’s why I started running,” Jeff notes. “I played some club soccer as a freshman in college and that was fun, but I’d get home at the end of the day and still have all this energy left that I felt I had to get rid of. So, I started running. After a while, I started running just to see how far I could go.”

Jeff soon found himself running mile after mile. Along the way, he developed a passion for running that exceeded his passion for soccer. His passion was so great that after graduating from college, he went back to school to earn a master’s degree in exercise science, in part because he wanted to learn how to efficiently run longer distances.

“I used that information to coach myself,” Jeff confirms. “Then I got into running marathons. For five or six years, that’s all I did was marathons. I eventually got my time down to 2 hours, 38 minutes, which for me was pretty good because I’m not genetically blessed. But I was willing to push the boundaries of my performance.”

A couple of years ago, Jeff was forced to push the boundaries of his pain tolerance. He considered himself fortunate that, strangely, the pain kicked in only after he’d completed a run. But knowing that pain was waiting for him at the finish line toyed with his psyche, which adversely affected his performance.

“The pain was in the Achilles tendon in my left foot,” says Jeff, 47. “I put up with it for about a year, and then it seemed the faster I ran, the more it hurt afterward. I eventually had it checked out and was told it was Achilles tendonitis. But nothing the physical therapists were doing for it was helping. In fact, the pain was only getting worse.”

With the pain affecting his training, Jeff visited a foot surgeon who told him he was suffering from Haglund’s deformity, a condition in which a bony bump forms on top of the back of the heel bone.

In Jeff’s case, the bump was aggravating his Achilles tendon, so in May 2021, he underwent surgery to have the bump removed.

But the surgery didn’t alleviate Jeff’s discomfort. After taking off nearly six months from his running routine to recover, Jeff was still limping from pain in his left heel.

“I said to myself, Good gosh, what do I do now because I’ve had surgery? There’s no next level after that,” he remembers. “Then I noticed that this place called QC Kinetix had just opened up in Fort Myers. I’m very open to new techniques, to new ways of doing things, so I went in and visited with them. After that, I decided to give them a try.”

State-of-the-Art Treatment

A local practice with a national reputation, QC Kinetix offers concierge-level, drug-free, nonsurgical pain management and state-of-the-art regenerative medicine treatments for soft tissue pain, joint pain and musculoskeletal conditions.

As an alternative to medications and surgeries, QC Kinetix treatments trigger the body’s ability to repair itself from the inside out using each patient’s healing properties, which are found in the blood.

That blood is gathered from the patient during a typical blood draw, then placed in a centrifuge, where the healing properties are separated and extracted. The healing properties are then reinjected into the patient’s damaged tissue or joint.

The injected substance sparks a tissue regeneration that allows the body to rebuild itself over a few weeks or months.

“Regenerative medicine is a great alternative for many people who thought surgery was their only option,” says Daniel Sucherman, MD, medical director of QC Kinetix Gulf Coast, which has locations in Fort Myers and Naples.

After years as a key member of an orthopedic surgical team, Dr. Sucherman recognized the need for a better way to help people in pain. As a strong believer in regenerative medicine and the positive impact it can have, he chose to meet that need through QC Kinetix.

“I’m an anesthesiologist, primarily for orthopedic surgery, and I know that people who go to an orthopedic surgeon for pain are commonly told they need surgery,” Dr. Sucherman explains. “And believe me, surgery has its place. But it is very strenuous on the body. It involves a lot of cutting, drilling, sawing and hammering, and the recovery process is very arduous.”

“In many cases, there is an alternative, and that’s why I became involved with QC Kinetix. I want to offer people an alternative to surgery, pain medications and steroids for their joint pain. That is exactly what QC Kinetix and its regenerative medicine treatments do.”

Though it is on the leading-edge of medical science, regenerative medicine is not a new concept. Its most basic principles have been practiced for years. At QC Kinetix, the process has been updated to make it as effective as possible.

For example, QC Kinetix uses state-of-the-art equipment that allows for the retrieval of the most useful healing factors from blood. It can also obtain healing factors from young blood cells with extensive self-renewal properties.

QC Kinetix works with patients across multiple visits, providing drug-free injections that are customized for each case. Symptom improvement is then monitored for several months while patients experience no downtime. Most patients complete their treatments within six months and go on to live pain-free lives.

“Another feature that sets QC Kinetix apart is that we do all of this in-house,” Dr. Sucherman points out. “Your blood, your tissue never our office. And we do all this work while you’re there. When we’re done, you simply go about your normal activities.”

Custom Care

Regenerative medicine can be used to treat arthritis, muscle tears or tendon tears almost anywhere in the body, including the knees and shoulders, ankles and wrists, hips, low back, and neck. As Jeff soon learned, it can also be used to treat heels.

“We base each treatment on the patient’s condition,” says Melissa Becker, PA-C, at QC Kinetix in Fort Myers. “In Jeff’s case, our goal was to decrease the inflammation in the area where he had the surgery, prevent the development of scar tissue and get him moving pain-free again. It was largely a soft-tissue treatment.”

At QC Kinetix, that treatment typically requires a series of injections of the healing properties extracted from Jeff’s blood. The first injection was given in March. In April, Jeff ran the Boston Marathon, finishing in 3 hours, 1 minute, 29 seconds.

Though 17 minutes off the winning pace for his 45-49 age group, Jeff was 20 minutes ahead of the time needed to qualify for the 2023 Boston Marathon, so he considered it a victory. He is training for next year’s marathon and running other races largely because of the regenerative injections.

“The pain in my heel is gone, and the limp is gone,” Jeff elaborates. “I’m dealing with some other foot issues that are unrelated, but as for the problem that slowed me down and took me out for a while, that’s all gone, so I’m doing very well. I really could not be happier with the result of the QC Kinetix injections.

“And I really can’t say enough good things about the people there. They’re all over-the-top nice and extremely informative and helpful. I’m really glad I looked into what QC Kinetix has to offer because it worked really well for me. I would gladly recommend QC Kinetix to anyone because what they did for me was great.”

Pursue Your Passion

Back in the mid-1980s, few could get behind the wheel of a souped-up streetcar and eclipse the one-eighth-mile track at the Ohio Valley Dragway in West Point, Kentucky, faster than Randy Lowe.

“Randy set three records at that track in 1983, 1984 and 1985,” says Randy’s widow, Karen. “Those records stood for almost 20 years. Racing was his passion, and I helped him pursue it.”

Far from a glorified cheerleader, Karen helped Randy by running his business, a speed shop in Kokomo, Indiana, where their crew built custom engines and sold performance and racing equipment for cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats.

“My role was to maintain the business,” Karen relates. “I did all the billing, took care of sales and made sure the building was maintained. I also did estimates on motors. We ran that shop until my husband passed away in 2010.”

Following her husband’s passing, Karen moved to Florida, where she has long pursued her own passions. Those interests include going to the beach (“That’s why I moved down here!” she says), cooking, baking, decorating and running.

“I actually started running as kind of a preservation thing,” Karen reveals. “Both my parents were seriously ill and were in and out of hospitals, my father with lung cancer and my mother with emphysema, so I ran to stay healthy.

“We had also just started building a home at the time, and there was a lot of stress involved. I ran for about 13 years. Over the years, though, I did some damage to my knees that really slowed me down.”

With the damage to her knees sparking a steady increase in pain, Karen went from running to walking. Then walking became difficult. So did biking and swimming, where the kicking motion sometimes caused her knee to “pop.”

“Sometimes it would pop so loud it sounded like somebody hit a baseball,” says Karen, who addressed the issue by undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, a minimally invasive procedure performed through a small incision.

During the procedure, Karen and her doctor learned that the cause of the knee pain was a damaged meniscus, a C-shaped piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between the tibia (shinbone) and the femur (thighbone).

“It was shredded,” Karen relates. “The doctor told me it looked like crabmeat and that there wasn’t anything he could do except file it down a little bit. After that, he said that I would need a knee replacement, actually, two knee replacements.

“But I wasn’t going to do that because I’ve had friends go through knee replacements where the mechanics went haywire, and it actually limited their ability to walk normally again.

“Besides, I live by myself in a two-story home where I need to go up and down stairs all the time, so I wasn’t interested in that. I knew I needed to do something, though, because the pain was incredible. It was hard for me to do much of anything.

“After that, I started thinking about regenerative medicine. I’d read about it back in the 1980s, and over the years I kept that in the back of my mind, thinking that it might be an option for me at some point.

“If you’re in pain, want to maintain yourself and have an active life, QC Kinetix can help you do it.” – Karen

“Then I heard that QC Kinetix was opening in Naples, and I thought, Well, this is my chance. I was really excited about it. After my first visit, I decided to give it a try.”

Rapid Recovery

In August 2021, Karen became the first patient at the Naples clinic, where she received the first in a series of regenerative medicine injections a couple of weeks later. Almost immediately, she experienced a reduction in pain and increase in mobility.

“One of the first things I noticed was that I didn’t have any pain in my knees while I was sleeping, so I immediately began to sleep better,” Karen offers. “For the first time in I don’t know how long, I was able to sleep through the night, which was great.

“After that, I was feeling so good that I went out and gave my knees a good test. I went out and walked three miles on the beach, then came home and rode my bike for five miles, which was amazing. I couldn’t believe something so simple worked so well so fast.”

Karen completed her series of injections in February 2022. By then, she had regained a significant amount of strength and mobility. Now, she says, her pain has disappeared, and she is back to living the active lifestyle she desires.

“I feel like I have my life back, so I could not be happier with the results of my QC Kinetix treatments,” Karen raves. “I definitely did the right thing by giving regenerative medicine injections a try.

“And I want to add that everybody at QC Kinetix is just outstanding. Everyone is very friendly and genuinely concerned about your health. They even texted me a few times during the process to see how I was doing. That’s the kind of personal care you get.

“I’m so pleased that I absolutely recommend QC Kinetix to anyone who is having knee pain or joint pain.

In fact, I’ve already told some friends that they need to go there. If you’re in pain, want to maintain yourself and have an active life, QC Kinetix can help you do it.”

© FHCN article by Roy Cummings. Jeff’s photo courtesy of Jeff Kelly. Karen’s photo courtesy of Karen Lowe. mkb
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