I landed stiff legged from a four foot drop skiing in 2007. Heard a discernable squishy pop in my left hip. No pain. No health insurance either. Fast forward 5.5 years, I finally get insurance to take care of what I thought was a torn labrum or hip flexor attachment.
X-Ray and MRI shows very severe degenerative osteoarthritis in my left hip. Hmmm the pop was prolly the cartilage. Doc says "Titanium is in your future". I ask him to explain since I am a top level skiier and love the sport. Doc says "I can get you to the point where YOU can ski the green trails". But Doc, "I can lift up either foot right now and ski the intermediate trails", Well the explanation was that you can not ski aggressively since the cartilage is gone after hip replacement ... Titanium on bone.
So now I've decided to Rebuild the Cartilage. Anyone have experience with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy? I'm actually booked for the procedure next Wednesday, so I may end up answering my own question, but hearing from others would be great.
I have also researched supplements online for cartilage restoration, and have been taking them as well. I am a believer that proper nutrition + exercise can cure most maladies we face in life.
For those who have not heard of PRP, it is currently regarded as an experimental medical procedure, so not normally covered by insurance. Here is what I know: They take some of your blood and put it into a centrifuge. Spin out the red and white blood cells to one side and the platelets and plasma to the other. They inject the platelet rich plasma formula (your own bodily fluid) directly into the area needing repair (cartilage, tendon, ligament)
From what I understand, the platelets are used in the repair process, but normal blood is only approx. 6% platelets. After the "Spin" the plasma contains about 93-4% platelets.
The shot with platelets causes imflammation in the tissue which mimics an injury causing your body to repair the area, much like you were a young buck/teenager.
Thanks for your responses