On October 4, 2018, along with my son, I will run from the south rim of the Grand Canyon to the North rim. This will be one of the most challenging runs I have done. I began distance running in 1971. So, there have been several decades of pounding the pavement and climbing trails. During all those many years of running, which included half a dozen full marathons, and many other events, I never experienced any overuse type of pain or symptoms.
It was not until my 60th birthday. On that day, I ran 60 miles. Obviously, there was a significant amount of training to prepare for that event. Leading up to what I affectionately called the 60/60, I began to experience right knee pain. Of course, I examined it with diagnostic ultrasound! What I discovered was advanced patellar tendinosis. The surgical recommendation was a tendon graft to repair it. Now, there was no way that was going to happen!!
My right patellar tendon was treated two times. Once, with high density PRP and once with biocellular adipose derived stromal cells. Without those treatments, I simply would not be able to even consider this Grand Canyon run.
So, I personally and experientially know the benefit of sonographic evaluation and guided treatment to a specific target.
Stay tuned!! I’ll let you know how it goes!