Tennis: the sport for a lifetime?

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  1. drak

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    I'd try a stem cell/PRP shot fisrt, this is new but they are reporting some good successes. There are not that many places that do it yet in the U.S. but Regenex centers are one. The use what they adipose stem cells - from your own body fat. It can be costly and insurance does not cover, Surprisingly I found a local guy who does them for $1750 )that's cheap I think), I don't need one yet but at 57 with 3 previous knee surgeries I may do them in a year so for "preventative" maintenance.

    Here's a couple links

    http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health+healing/news+features/a+breakthrough+for+arthritic+knees,18265

    http://www.bizjournals.com/prnewswire/press_releases/2012/04/03/PH81036

    http://centerforintegratedmed.com/stem-cellbone-marrow-injection/
     
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  2. danix

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    Thanks drak, I'll explore those links. I don't think PRP is viable for cartilage loss, but it works in some cases for muscular issues like plantar fascitis and tennis elbow.

    Dr wants to go in and poke around based on MRI. I'm going to get a second opinion as he couldn't tell me much from looking at it besides there were some issues. There's also a "weird" doctor in SF that does some stem cell stuff, I might check that out.
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    http://www.stoneclinic.com/articular-cartilage-knee-stem-cell-paste-graft
     
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  3. LeeD

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    Process of living is to be conceieved, born, grow, mature, get past maturity, decline, and die.
    It's natural.
    Decline is in the physical. Your mental works for another 30 years, so use it, compensate, adjust, to your declining years, which for most, starts around 35.
    So, at 64, you play old fart's tennis. So what? You ARE an old fart.
    That's life, you can't fake it.
    Injuries are a part of life, and what separates you from IvanLendl. Accept it, you have no choice.
     
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  4. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    35 is when I started getting nagging injuries much more often than before.
     
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  5. drak

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    It was about 40 or so for me and then on and off for the next 17 years, 3 minor scopes on the knees, a fill rotator cuff repair and lots of modest back, achilles and hammy issues. I am at the point where if I soon can't play without constant issues I'll probably hang it up, too many other fun things to do that don't cause me anywhere near the issues tennis does. Rehab gets old!
     
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  6. tlm

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    This is pretty much the cycle of life, good points LeeD. I don't agree with much declining starting at 35 though. To me that is awfully young and if a player takes care of himself should still be close to their prime.
     
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  7. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    How should a player "take care of himself"?
     
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  8. tlm

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    By staying in shape and staying structurally sound through weight training.
     
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  9. TripleB

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    Sorry to hear that!!

    I had my microfracture surgery 5.5 weeks ago (hopefully start putting weight on my left leg next Monday). Doc said once he got in there it was a lot worse than he thought...planed on 'tapping' 4 holes in my bone but ended up putting 7.

    I've played tennis hard for 40 years (run everything down was always my motto). Avoided doubles because I didn't get a chance to run after everything and I had to think too much.

    Doc says I shouldn't ever play tennis again (at first he said I could play doubles but now he advises against that).

    Now I'm left searching for something to fill that competitive instinct. He advised cycling, which isn't bad, but I'm thinking table tennis.

    Like you I expected to be out there when I was 75 beating 45 year olds in singles.

    It's a tough pill to swallow...I feel your pain.

    TripleB
     
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  10. drak

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    what I am talking about is PRP COMBINED with your own STEM CELLS, and they have been getting "some" cartilage regeneration with that combo, just thought it might be worth a try before trying more severe treatments
     
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  11. snoopy

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    That's rough news TripleB. But 40 years of tennis is a good run. As much as I love tennis, there are lots of other fun things out there. I'm sure you will be able to find something. Best of luck with your recovery.
     
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  12. TripleB

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    Thanks....I really appreciate that!!!

    Yea...I think even the doc saw the disappointment in my eyes when he said I shouldn't play tennis again. After he saw my reaction he said: "as your physician I can only advise you as to what I think is in the best interest of your knee, whether you follow that advise or not is up to you."

    I think it's God's way of telling me to slow down and enjoy the other things life has to offer. With 40 years of playing and 137 tennis racquets in my possession, that's a great deal of time and money towards this sport.

    Although I'm disappointed to never play tennis again, I'm looking forward to this next chapter in my life....and especially to walking again next Monday :).

    TripleB
     
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  13. lobman

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    Great list tennis dad; let me add one more: lose that excess weight (that you probably gained from T'giving through Jan. 1). It's amazing how much losing just five pounds will help those knees, and other joints.
     
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  14. danix

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    Good one. I've dropped 5lbs since Jan 1 and though my knee isn't going to magically get better, it does feel better.
     
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  15. SteveI

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    There is appox. 10 PSI on your knee joints for every static pound of weight you carry. Simple math.. lose the weight.. your knees feel better!!
     
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