Had a question regarding my 18 year old son's left knee. Had an injury approx 5 years ago in baseball game (player slid into his knee at play at 3B). Army Ortho Dr's diagnosis at time was dislocated knee cap, would not do MRI. Now son is playing college baseball (they have converted him to catcher), has had pain due to all the squatting, and some instability.
Saw Army Ortho DR - had MRI, said ACL looked good, thought it was partial Meniscus tear. Had scope yesterday, was not meniscus, has partial tear of acl (appeared to be old and had partially healed). DR recommended rehab and leg exercises (and wear a brace). Son goes back to college on Monday - DR out until mid next week. DR said he has no restrictions or limitations on play from his perspective until/unless knee blows out (but has been an old injury so not expected). Season starts next weekend. Worried about what to tell coaches, they will bench anyone with any kind of medical issues.
Will rehab fix the knee pain he has been experiencing? Does he need to quit catching? Can he play as pain allows?
Saw an article about 1) dextrose prolotherapy, 2) stem cell, 3) PRP - any opinions of those?
Any other insight would be most insightful on how to broach this. I don't want him to have his season taken away if it is not going to get better, or if surgery would be the better answer. I know you deal with professional athletes, would value your opinion.
Another option for treatment is blood flow stimulation therapy. It's a therapy he can do while away at school and is relatively inexpensive. It will help increase the blood flow to his knee and bring nutrient rich blood to the area to help it heal much faster than if he were just go to rehab.
Many pro athletes use this type of therapy...hence why they are back on the field a lot faster than you or I would be.