CrossFit is a little different than the typical workout you may be used to. According to srossfit.com,
“CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort.”
The high intensities of cross fit create a lot of opportunity for injuries. The article focuses on a cross fit trainer named Matt. Matt has participated in six CrossFit games. He even took second place in 2012 out of 175,000 participants. Matt experienced multiple meniscus tears, sciatica in the leg, ankle injuries, shoulder injuries and more.
Until recently Matt was forced to endure extremely long recovery times after an injury. Once he was finished recovering he noticed that he was never able to return the full function of the injured area.
Injuries are Common
As mentioned before the massive amounts of stress dramatically increase his odds of injury. Finally, after being sick and tired of dealing with constant knee pain, Matt decided to get an MRI on his Left knee.
The diagnosis was multiple tears in his meniscus. While meniscus tears are common, and a normal part of aging, this was not his case. He knew that his injuries were caused by fitness.
He needed a nonsurgical treatment to help him get back into his game. Matt says:
“It’s important for me to keep all of my body’s materials. I don’t want to cut things,” he said. “I don’t want to clip things . . . clipping my meniscus was a bad option for me because it was always going to limit my performance in the long run.”
Stem Cell Therapy for his Knees
Thankfully Matt was recommended by his physical therapist to try stem cell therapy. After a consultation, he found out that he qualified for stem cell treatment and there was a good chance that the doctors could improve his condition by treating his meniscus tears.
Matt received the injection of stem cells into both of his knees. In the article, he states that after about two months his knees felt like they were new again.
This treatment was everything that Matt needed. He was able to keep everything in his body natural and in its normal condition while being able to treat the knee pain.
There was no surgery, very little pain and no recovery period. The most important part of the stem cell treatment was that Matt was able to maintain his elite fitness and his extreme energy level. Matt was able to achieve everything without surgery.
How Elite CrossFitters are Using Stem Cell Therapy to Repair Injuries.
(October 26, 2016). Types of Stem Cells [Blog ]. Retrieved from http://www.closerlookatstemcells.org/learn-about-stem-cells/types-of-stem-cells