I appreciate knees….
My left knee is nearly 75 years old; my right knee is about 9. They both are arthritic, and they were both painful. My skilled and excellent orthopedic surgeon told me I could have my old knee replaced and my new knee could have a surgical revision — but I’m not fond of surgery.
I do have a choice, however, and my choice was non-surgical. Neither of my knees will ever regain their youth, but thanks to analgesic, training, strengthening and exercise programs, my choice is to keep my left knee and have no further surgery on the right.
I believe I’ve found a viable alternative to more surgery: The Non-Surgical Center of Texas. Annette Zaharoff, MD, Julie Miller, PhD and Julie Barnett, PhD and the top notch, inventive physical therapists at the Center have devised treatments that will allow me to keep my knees moving without resorting to more surgery and replacement. I don’t think I’ll run a marathon in the near future, but I will have reasonable knee function.
Thank you, ladies, for keeping my knees (and me) going!
“In mid-January, after what I thought was a simple toe stub, I was in excruciating back and leg pain. After several hospital and doctor visits that did not do anything to identify the cause or a treatment except take pain pills. My daughter suggested that I visit Dr. Zaharoff for help. That was the best suggestion ever! Dr. Z listened to understand my situation. She was quickly identified the causes of my pain and provided a plan to get me out of the wheel chair and walking again. Dr. Z immediately made me feel confident she would help.
The team at Dr. Zaharoff’s have been absolutely wonderful! After an injection, to reduce the pain, the physical therapist helped me get stronger and taught me techniques and mechanics that equipped me to return my daily activities. Everyone’s caring, friendly and professional guidance
Thank you Dr. Z and team!”
Sandy Crockett, Corvette driver and busy employee
“I’ve had nonstop occipital headache/neckache for 33 years following 2 car accidents. One whiplash, one slow rollover with no seatbelt. When the car rolled over, I landed on my head, causing torn ligaments in my neck. They don’t show up on x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. Neck spasms cause the actual pain. The muscles in my neck stay contracted due to torn ligaments. Pain killers don’t help, since that cause is muscle spasms.
After over 500 doctor visits, I found a combination of anti-seizure pills (neurontin and clonazepam) which stop the pain.
I got lucky and found out about prolotherapy and Dr. Z. After just one set of prolo shorts, my neck spams are getting better. After six sets of shots, I’ve been able to get off of five pills. Hallelujah! Prolotherapy works! Thanks, Dr. Z.”
“Back in November 2010, I had an injury to my right shoulder and since I had planned a skiing trip for December, I decide to visit an orthopedic surgeon to get some relief and to ask if I could still go skiing. He took some x-rays and advised that a cortisone shot should get me over my difficulty. The treatment worked and I was able to go skiing as planned.
While on the skiing trip, my son advised me that if I continued to have trouble with my shoulder, I should consult with a prolotherapy practitioner. My son had experienced a similar injury and had gotten very good results with this kind of treatment. As it turned out, the cortisone shot was a temporary fix because sometime after I returned home, I began to have shoulder pain again so that it was interfering with my daily activities.
I made an appointment with Dr. Zaharoff and She diagnosed my injury as a torn rotator cuff and calcification of the bursa. She recommended a series of physical therapy sessions to strengthen and stretch the shoulder area and supporting structures in preparation for the prolotherapy injection treatment which she subsequently administered.
After a series of prolotherapy treatments combined with more physical therapy sessions, the pain in my shoulder began to subside and I started to regained use of my shoulder. I am now able to continue with my active life style. I should point out that it took more than a year to get over my injury but I would choose this route again rather than to have surgery. I also think that it took longer because of my age, I’m 74.
I can’t say enough good things about Dr. “Z” and her staff as well as the physical therapy staff. I was always treated as a valued patient and they were dedicated to getting me well as possible, especially Dr “Z”. ”
“It has now been several months since my treatment ended. Since then I have continued my normal activities working around the ranch without pain in my knee. I had not however given the knee a real test. In May, 2012 I traveled to Durham, NC to attend my daughter’s graduation from Duke University where she received her Masters in Environmental Science. I had to walk all over the campus, probably two or three miles in total, and I experienced no pain whatsoever.
In June, 2012, I traveled to Seattle, WA to attend my son’s graduation from Bastyr University where he received his Masters Degree in Accupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I had to walk all over the Fremont Neighborhood of Seattle and around the Bastyr campus. Several miles in total, and again I experienced no pain whatsoever. For me, PRP worked! And, I am so happy that it did.”
“Regardless of which physical therapist I saw, I knew they were going to know my case just as well as the last person who saw me. You’re not just another number. They go over their patient’s records carefully and review your case with you so you know what to expect. That’s really a key communication piece that doesn’t happen in most places.”
Ace in the Hole
“There was no anesthesia, no surgery and no time in a hospital bed. For me, it was a simple, effective treatment. My injury was so bad I couldn’t shoot a gun. Now, I’m out on the range shooting big guns.”
Bill McLennan, retired police officer
“My foot had been hurting but not to the point where I couldn’t run. Dr. Zaharoff looked at it and told me the tendon could rupture, so I reluctantly stopped running and made a follow-up appointment to see her. She answered all my questions. She was very open about the injury, what I could expect from recovery and how long it might take. It was very good. I’m running again. Her staff is extremely friendly; they couldn’t be nicer. It’s really a great group to work with.”
Ann Allwood, senior marathon runner
“If I had not gone to see Dr. Zaharoff and followed her regimen and done the things she advised me to do, there’s no way I’d have been able to do the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon. I couldn’t even walk up or down the stairs. Now I have no problem walking the stairs – or running a half marathon.”
“These days, I only have slight tenderness if I run too far or too hard. She has helped me so much, not only to run pain free, but to get back my confidence. I love Dr. Zaharoff and what she does.”
Angela Reid, registered nurse and marathon runner
“I am 59 years old and was suffering from chronic pain in my left knee which resulted in a limp when I walked, the pain was starting to show. A surgeon diagnosed my fear, worn cartilage and artheritous. But, surgeries are hard on your body not to mention the pain from the healing process, plus months of therapy.
I did some research and found Dr. Z. She recommended prolotherapy injections. The first injection was painful, but each one thereafter less so. Today, my limp is gone, I exercise regularly, have no pain and am grateful that I was able to avoid surgery.”
Ronald Cosper, San Antonio