Monday, December 13, 2010

The Knee..

Awwww... The hubs got hurt at last Wednesday's game. A combination hit from another player and the darn board a few minutes into the game. When he went down on the ice, my heart sank into my toes. My husband got up, in what I can imagine was pain, and skated towards the bench while holding the boards. I wish I had the video clip so I could show you. So that's how it happened.

The doctor took a look at it after the game in the locker room and suggested doing a "blood injection". This is a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection where they take your own blood, spin your blood plus mixing agents for growth factors and inject it back into the knee to accelerate healing. Outch!! This has been used a few times on other players to shorten the recovery. Per the doctor it gives a great result to heal at an excellerated rate and promote a quicker return-to-play.

We read about this procedure. Apparently, this research is still on going. The Clinics in Sport Medicine have yet to establish some official standards for PRP (buffering the platelets, not buffering them, etc..) to get optimal patient results. It's scary when it's your own knee to make the immediate decision especially when there are no significant clinical studies on the effectiveness. So, the hubs made the decision to have an MRI done instead. He feared that if there were tears with tendons or ligaments that PRP wouldn't be beneficial. Please note that I am not putting down this pilot study which seem to be a promosing treatment. I think it's actually great that medicine is advancing and physicians offer more innovative treatments. However, the hubs wanted to make sure that all was good on the inside of his knee.

On my birthday, we went to the doctor's office who said that the MRI showed no rupture to the tendons and ligaments (Woohoo!!). At this point, the hubs has been working with the team therapist. He has less pain, less swelling and less bruising - Yes! it was way worst than these pics. Thankfully, the team has a break this week so this will help Adam's recovery. We went to the game last night and I could tell that he wanted to be in the line-up! Go Pardubice!!


KY said...

I hope your hubby has a speedy recovery and that you get to enjoy your break! Any travel plans??

linda said...

Wow bad bruise indeed, hope he get better soon. I think the pain of seeing the guys play and his bruised knee????? I wonder which is woret for him. Good luck ...Thinking of you all and freezing our derriere but you know what when we see all those farmers keeping an eye on their fruit farms is worst than us sitting in front of the TV watching christmas movies...
talk to you soon. please send me your phone number that I can use with the magicjack ok?
love MOM

Laura said...

ouch!!!! I'm glad to hear Adam is getting better!! Hope his time off this week will help :)

Anonymous said...

Ouch!! I bet that hurt!!! It's good that you're doing research and not just going with whatever they say. Cool procedure though to extract and re-apply your own blood. Happy to hear that the MRI showed nothing too serious.
Get well soon Adam!!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Well that's great that he wasn't seriously injured!

Anonymous said...

Great that it's not serious, always good to read.
And interesting too, very informative to read about all that what happens when one of "our boys" gets injured.

Petra CZ

Anonymous said...

Ouch!!! Poor Adam...he must be going stir crazy! Glad to hear the MRI turned up positive results. Miss you tons! xox