Mine is 4.9 and surgeon at Cleveland Clinic says he will give me 10 more years. Being i am in my late 70's sounds good.
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I also use the services of regenexx. I found them to be ethical and helpful with my health issues. I used PRP on my back 3 years ago and it saved me from an operation. I also did the stem cells on the left knee and have followed it up with PRP injections yearly. Yes, it costs out of pocket. Yes, i avoid surgery and the pain that follows. My right knee was TKR and 5 years later it is now lose and painful for 5 years. Water therapy caused my knee to swell. Swelling never went down after the operation. PT was living hell. So, to those who had a good experience, i am happy for you. I will not give another surgeon the chance to ruin the knee i garden on and bike on an golf on. Yes, there is some pain but i take no pills. Just ice, baby.
You know the answer. Lose the weight / That will help. Try PRP which helps in the pain area. I am in the same boat, but working on weight loss, did PRP and stem cells. If your bone on bone stem cells will not work. I do a lot of biking as walking is uncomfortable. Good luck.
i am bone on bone, did the stem cells but found PRP to be the most effective. I to did the rooster comb shot.
if i would advise people on prp i would say try PRP first and see hw you react. It took 3 weeks for the pain to go away and the swelling dropped. It costs around $1000. It can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. I look at it as money well spent compared to a TKR. If it works for you than talk to medical professionals who understand stem cells. I used drs affiiated with Regenexx. Check their web site. Do not use drs who get their stem cells from a box.
platelet rich plasma, look it up. They suspect its lose. I walk down steps backwards as it hurts going forward. I notice it when i bike as swelling goes up, but i continue to bike. Prp helps my other knee but nothing short of a redo will help me now