Rein In Pain – Without Surgery

Modern protocol rebuilds arthritic joints, spurs unbridled enthusiasm.

Sylvia Evans fell in love with horses the very first time she laid eyes on one. By age 7, the farm girl had a horse of her own. Unfortunately, she was forced to give up her four-legged friend a few years later, when her family moved to the city.

Sylvia Evans painting and smiling brightly.

Sylvia responded quickly and positively to the regenerative medicine protocol.

Her equine enthusiasm never waned, though, and after marrying, she acquired another horse.

“I wanted to show horses, so I took lessons to learn how to do it correctly,” reminisces Sylvia, 78. “My husband and I later moved to the state of Washington and bought a boarding and training stable, where we kept 57 horses.

“All of our horses were northern horses, but we had a good sampling of breeds in our stable. We boarded Arabians, Appaloosas, quarter horses, thoroughbreds and saddlebreds.

I trained horses for 25 years or so before I finally retired.”

As part of her daily training routine, Sylvia rode five to 10 horses a day.

She also taught lessons in English and Western riding.

One day in 1978, a horse got the better of her, and the result was a debilitating injury.

“We took in this horse for training before we owned the stable,” Sylvia recalls. “He was a nice horse, but he didn’t like to be ridden. He threw me and I landed on my left knee. Right away, the knee swelled up, and it was extremely painful. I couldn’t walk, and I definitely couldn’t ride because I use my left leg to climb on and off the horses.”

Once the swelling subsided and pain decreased, Sylvia was able to walk and use her left knee without issue. The knee remained trouble-free until 2011, when degenerative arthritis began to take a toll.

“The cartilage in my knee deteriorated,” Sylvia recounts. “My knee didn’t swell that much, but it was painful. In the beginning, the pain wasn’t that bad, a one or two on a scale of one to 10. But as time went on and the arthritis worsened, the pain shot up to a seven or eight. I could walk, but I couldn’t jog or run. My doctor recommended a knee replacement. Then I met Dr. Taylor.”

Joseph L. Taylor, DC, is a chiropractic physician at Renewed Wellness Integrative Medical Center in West Palm Beach. His office employs regenerative medicine to restore arthritic and injured joints.

Sylvia met Dr. Taylor at one of the seminars he offers to educate people about regenerative medicine. After hearing the doctor’s discourse, Sylvia opted to move forward with treatment.

“Sylvia came to us for an initial evaluation in March 2020,” Dr. Taylor reports. “At that time, she was experiencing significant pain and instability in her left knee, but she did not want surgery at her age. We were very optimistic we could help her. She began our regenerative medicine protocol in April.”

Healing Inflammation

Renewed Wellness Integrative Medical Center’s regenerative medicine protocol generally begins with an injection of platelet rich plasma, or PRP, which contains a hefty proportion of growth factors and healing substances. PRP is obtained from blood drawn from the patient and placed in a centrifuge, where the platelets are separated from other blood products.

“Typically, the PRP injection is followed by eight to 16 treatments with our Class IV laser,” Dr. Taylor observes. “At that time, we initiate very light rehab. The next step is to inject mesenchymal stem cells, which can transform into other types of cells, including cartilage cells. These stem cells work to repair and rebuild the damaged joint.”

Laser therapy normally continues about a week following the injection of the stem cells. The patient then begins more intensive rehab. Sometimes, the stem cell injection is followed by a second PRP injection, which acts as a booster to fuel the growth of the stem cells.

The rehab portion of the protocol aims to stabilize the damaged joint and addresses the muscle imbalances that cause instability. Sylvia’s rehab included exercises to strengthen her quadriceps and hamstrings, and their opposing muscles.

“Sylvia did not want surgery at her age. We were very optimistic we could help her.” – Dr. Taylor

“The goal of our protocol is improvement in joint function,” Dr. Taylor contends. “Pain is simply an indicator that something is wrong, and a major cause of pain is joint dysfunction. Thus, rehab is essential to achieving long-term pain relief.”

Without following a rehab program, the joint will continue to be unstable and eventually return to its previous painful state.

“We do not want any patient to experience pain, but the marker by which we gauge treatment success is the patients’ ability to perform desired activities because that contributes to quality of life,” the doctor says.

“The nurse practitioner actually performed the injection procedure, and she was very good,” Sylvia comments. “She made sure my knee was numb when she injected the stem cells, so I felt absolutely no pain.”

Dancing Machine

Sylvia responded quickly and positively to the regenerative medicine protocol. Her pain began to diminish shortly after the injection, allowing her to skip surgery.

Sylvia still experiences a little stiffness and aching in her left knee when the weather is cold, but Dr. Taylor notes that residual discomfort is not uncommon when extensive degenerative changes are taking place in the joint.

Since the treatment, Sylvia has adopted a revised version of her fitness routine. She hasn’t returned to jogging or dancing, but her knee allows her to move in ways she couldn’t beforehand.

“I like to put on one of my recordings and scoot across the floor,” she describes. “I also own a stationary bike, and when it’s warm I pedal it to get exercise.

Sylvia asserts her treatment is an “absolute success.”

“Unfortunately, I now have arthritis in my right knee,” she advises, “As soon as my left knee is totally squared away, I’m going back to Renewed Wellness Integrative Medical Center to have my right knee addressed as well.”

© FHCN article by Patti DiPanfilo. Photo by Jordan Pysz. js
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