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Secrets of Professional Athletes – ACL and Meniscus Knee Injuries from Sports

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One of the most common knee injuries is an anterior cruciate ligament sprain or tear.

Athletes who participate in high demanding sports like soccer, football, and basketball are most likely to injure the anterior cruciate ligaments. Recent studies have shown that young female athletes sustain more ACL injuries than young males. In fact, young women are two to eight times more likely than their male counterparts to injure that ligament.

About half of all injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament occur along with damage to other structures in the knee, such as articular cartilage, meniscus, or other ligaments.

Partial tears of the anterior cruciate ligament are rare; most ACL injuries are complete or near complete tears.

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Symptoms Include:

When you injure your anterior cruciate ligament, you might hear a "popping" noise and you may feel your knee give out from under you. Other typical symptoms include:

  • Pain with swelling. Within 24 hours, your knee will swell. If ignored, the swelling and pain may resolve on its own. However, if you attempt to return to sports, your knee will probably be unstable and you risk causing further damage to the cushioning cartilage (meniscus) of your knee.
  • Loss of full range of motion
  • Tenderness along the joint line
  • Discomfort while walking


People who play contact sports – such as tackle football – are at risk for meniscal tears. Anyone is susceptible, though. A meniscus tear is most often caused by traumatic injury or degenerative disease, such as osteoarthritis. The movement that causes the tear is when the knee joint is bent (such as in a squatting position) and the knee is then twisted.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of a torn meniscus include knee pain; stiffness or swelling of the knee; tenderness; popping or clicking within the knee; catching or locking of the knee; and/or limited range of motion of the knee joint.


New treatment techniques include a simple ultrasound-guided injection that delivers your own adult stem cells to the precise location of the pain, making this treatment more effective. The cells promote healing of the injured and damaged tissues and help fix the problem instead of simply covering with medicines or possibly doing more harm with surgery.

Doctors admit joint ailments, especially those involving knees, are becoming more common as people are picking up sports at much younger age. Also as the population ages and people remain active for more years, an increasing number of people are seeking medical advice for their knee pains. Growing incidence of obesity creates even more wear and tear of the joints, especially the knee joint.

The Old Standard

It used to be that the only options for pain relief available to you were medication, physical therapy, or alternative treatments like acupuncture and surgery. Unfortunately, each has its own risks.

Pain medication can have dangerous side effects, especially when you need to take it for more than a few weeks, which is the case if you have chronic pain. Besides addiction, these medicines can cause stomach ulcers and bleeding, liver and kidney damage, and can even increase your risk of heart attack.

Physical therapy may be helpful both as treatment and for preventing further damage.  However, this is usually effective only for minor injuries.

Surgery can cause more pain, instead of fixing it

Most people think that surgery will finally cure the problem but unfortunately in many cases surgery can have its own risks and problems. Also, people may look for surgery as a quick fix but usually this is not the case.

No one chooses surgery as anything but a last resort for a reason—it may have unanticipated results, recovery is painful, and there’s always a risk of complications like infection and blood clots that may even result in death.

Fortunately, times are changing. Thousands of athletes have received these simple office procedures and have gone back to their game.

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The Advances of Modern Science

The new trend in orthopedic treatment is to repair your injured tissue, rather than cutting and removing it. Following this concept, doctors and researchers have discovered that Adult Stem Cells have the ability to heal your back and joints, saving you from the risks of surgery or side effects of pain medication.

As patients begin to outlast their prosthetic joints and secondary “salvage” jobs are becoming more common, this idea of using your own stem cells to regenerate and heal your tissue is gaining traction.

How It Works

Your fat and bone marrow contain special cells called Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSCs or stem cells) that can help you if you’re in need of bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon repair. These special cells can change into other types of cells, such as cartilage, and release bioactive healing molecules when they sense the right signals in their environment.

Growing evidence also suggests that the use of stem cells from both fat and bone marrow is needed in fixing most joint ailments.


As more people and their doctors learn about the benefits of using stem cells over surgery, these procedures will eclipse surgery as the standard of care.

This treatment technique includes ultrasound-guided injections that deliver your own adult stem cells from fat AND bone marrow to the precise location of the pain and injury, making this treatment more effective. This promotes healing of the injured and damaged tissues without the risks associated with surgery.

Even when nonsurgical injections don’t fully fix a problem, they often delay the need for surgery, which is helpful because most surgical procedures don’t last forever. Artificial knee replacement can wear out and a repeat surgery to replace the joint is more dangerous and riskier than the first operation.

People coping with such ailments as sports injuries, tendon strains, sprained ligaments, muscle injuries, and arthritis will be glad to know that surgery is not the only option of treatment available to them. Faster healing and improved functionality are both possible with our innovative, cutting- edge ADULT stem cell and PRP procedures.

What You Can Expect

SmartChoice® Procedures may help alleviate your joint pain, arthritis or sports injuries with a simple in-office, ultrasound-guided injection procedure. We encourage patients to walk the same day and you often experience no downtime after this procedure.

Experience Counts

Dr. Garg is one of the most experienced physicians in the field of Regenerative Medicine. He has performed hundreds of PRP and adult stem cell injections over the past 10 years. He works with professional and amateur athletes from different sports to treat their sports injuries with stem cell and PRP injections and to increase their performance with his health and wellness program. His clients include a former number-one PGA-Tour golfer, several NFL players, many tennis and baseball athletes and athletes from other various sports.

And if you are considering a knee, hip or other joint surgery for your sports injury, arthritis or for back and joint pain - then you need to learn about how the adult stem cells and PRP procedures stack up against those risky Orthopedic surgeries.

Call us today at 1-888-434-6841 and find out if these procedures are an option for you.

Hardesh Garg        Dr. Garg is an expert in these procedures and is one of the few physicians in this country helping patients with this exciting Regenerative medicine using your own stem cells and PRP. Non-surgical, office-based SmartChoice® Joint Procedures provide ALTERNATIVES to invasive and costly joint replacements and other orthopedic surgeries.
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