New Technology Meaning No More ACL Surgery For Skiers?

Posted By: The Ski Channel on May 8, 2014 4:55 pm

I’m sure it comes as no surprise that among skiers, knee injuries are fairly common with an average of 25,000 ACL injuries per year. In a typical year there are about 135,000 reported snow sport injuries in the U.S., and up to 40% more than that go unreported. One study calculated there may be as many as 500,000 skier/snowboarder injuries each year in the US.

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Photo by Centeno-Schultz Clinic. 

ACL surgery changes the structural orientation of the knee-joint which puts more stress and wear/tear on the joint.  This idea is supported by the high number of re-tear rates among ACL surgery patients.  When surgeons start messing with the body’s structural design, bad things happen.  Additionally, surgery requires many months of recovery time and comes with a high risk of infection.

U.S. doctors are pioneering the use of adult stem cells to help skiers and people of all walks of life repair and regenerate ligaments and joints without surgery. 

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Photo by Centeno-Schultz Clinic. 

Stem-cell therapies are relatively new in the United States, but they are nevertheless gaining in popularity among people with pain resulting from knee, ankle, back or shoulder injuries who want to return to their active lifestyles.  Very few people are aware that there are safer, less invasive options that use their own body to heal the body.  That’s because orthopedic surgeons make their money by performing operations, not by prescribing the best treatment.

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Photo by Centeno-Schultz Clinic. 

The procedure – a same day, injection-based procedure that taps into patient’s own reserve of stem cells and injects them back into the injured area.  Stem cells live in all of us – they are the repairmen of the body.  The problem is that as we age or get injured, we sometimes can’t get enough of these repair cells to the injured area.  By injecting stem cells directly to the site, the repair process is turbo-charged and the body is able to heal itself.

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Photo by Centeno-Schultz Clinic. 

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Photo of Stephan Drake in Last Light film in 2012 by Sweetgrass Productions. 
Stephan Drake is a 37 year old professional extreme skier, Patagonia Ambassador, and founder of DPS Skis living in Utah.  Stephan makes his living from his passion and travels the world filming his extreme ski exploits throughout the year.  Last March while filming a project in Alaska, Stephan experienced a complete tear of his ACL. 
 
Stephan had seen many of his friends, who were also professional skiers, go through ACL surgery and either experienced complications or never fully came back to their previous level.  Knowing there had to be a better way that was less invasive than traditional surgical treatment Stephan researched his options and found Regenexx.
 
Stephan had the Regenexx procedure in July of 2013 and has been maintaining his fitness with non-cutting activity during his entire recovery period. He was back on the snow this season and will be stronger than ever with all his original equipment this fall.  Something he says would not have been possible had he gone the surgical route.
 
Watch DPS Ski’s Stephan Drake ski the first Spoon prototype in Utah and second prototype in Alaska in ‘Last Light’  here.
Words by Dr. Centeno of Regenexx. 

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