Orthopedic surgeon, Justin Sybesma, MD, recommended an x-ray to get a better idea of what was causing Tom’s knee pain. He soon learned lack of cartilage in his left knee was to blame, causing his bone to grind on top of the other bone. Tom had been a state-champion cross-country runner in high school, running an average of 20 miles each week in training. Coupled with kneeling for many years while on the job, his active lifestyle was catching up with him.
First, Tom opted to try a noninvasive approach using steroid injections. He noticed relief for a couple of days and then the pain would return, causing him to limp again. After trying collagen injections with the same result, Tom realized it was time to move on to surgery.