Hi, I'm Andrew, and I had a tibial side, anterior osteochondral lesion on my right ankle. And I've been struggling with that injury for about six years now. I like to do hikes and trail runs and kite surf and surf, and any kind of loading really bothered me any kind of like popup and surfing or, or going on trail runs, just that loading. I felt uneasy and unstable. And I, I've had two p r p therapies with Dr. Stone and I've, I, I've just have felt the best I've felt in six years. So it's really, it's really made going on trail runs a lot more pleasant going on hikes popping up on my surfboard. It's just a lot more pleasant. So I got the injury skiing in, in Japan.
I was distracted and I got tied up on a birch tree and my ankle kind of popped this way. And it just after the injury, it just really was tender to that loading force. Any kind of athletic stance. Running on uneven terrain was really tough. I, I could always kind of jog after the injury. I could jog on cement or flat surface, but any kind of unevenness really was, was very tender. And so the PRP I think it just bought me a, a little bit of comfort to, to want to do more physical therapy and, and it, it just gave me a little bit more range of motion. And as I, as I did the, the PRP and then, and the, the, the physical therapy, the combination just really helped my range of mobility and, and gave me a lot more comfort than I had prior to the, you know, prior to the PRP
I came in just, just because I saw Dr. Stone had done a lot of work on skiers and I thought, you know, I, I'm a skier. I want somebody that can kind of understand, you know, what I'm trying to get, you know, the level of activity that I'm trying to get back to. And so that's, that's why I came in. I felt a little bit of swelling for maybe first, first 24, 48 hours and then it was like having WD 40 in my joint and that allowed me to have a little bit more confidence, a little bit more comfort in doing the physical therapy. And then I think going hard with the physical therapy after the PRP injection, that really gave me my range of motion back. But it's, I'm so much better than I was a month, a month and a half ago. And it, and it just, the, the, the extra mobility building strength throughout that range of motion has really made all my sports and hiking and all, all those activities that I love so much. It's, it's made, it's made those better.
Andrew O Profile
Keeping you playing forever doesn't always require surgical intervention. Some injuries can be effectively treated with biologic injections of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Hyaluronic Acid (HA) combined with a physical therapy program.
Andrew's sporting lifestyle was becoming more restricted by ankle pain and instability. Anabolic injections of PRP & HA provided much-needed pain relief to his ankle and allowed him to maximize the benefits of his physical therapy with the StoneFit Rehab Team. He's now back to enjoying his favorite activities—all without ankle surgery.
The broad field of pain-relieving anabolic injections focuses on stimulating your body’s own internal pharmacy to improve the site of your injury in the following ways:
- accelerating the healing process
- shutting down inflammation
- limiting scar formation
- recruiting the body’s stem-cell-derived self-repair cells to regenerate damaged tissue
At The Stone Clinic, we combine PRP with HA to create a broadly stimulating "cocktail" to induce a healing response in both non-operative and post-operative patients. You may learn more about our biologic injection program here.
Need help recovering from injury? Our StoneFit Physical Therapy San Francisco team can help with customized, one-on-one programs to return you to full activity fitter, faster, and stronger than you’ve been in years.