Joyce Suggs is a vibrant 72-year-old woman who enjoys swimming, traveling and reading. She’s lived in Arizona for 22 years, and is originally from Ohio. Although retired from long a career in education as a special education teacher and education administrator, Joyce continues to work in retirement running her own pet sitting business.
Osteoarthritis Knee Pain
After four years of knee pain that was getting worse and included swelling, making it hard to do her “retirement job,” Joyce decided to seek help. Her primary care physician assistant recommended Dr. Brian Gruber, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, to Joyce.
“I totally trust my PA’s opinion, and scheduled an appointment with Dr. Gruber,” said Joyce.
Her diagnosis – osteoarthritis with bone loss, cartilage loss resulting in bone-on-bone on her knee and a Baker’s cyst (the cause of the swelling).
“What I really like about Dr. Gruber is that he gives you options and recommends something more conservative to start,” shared Joyce. They started with hyaluronic acid injections, which did give Joyce some temporary relief. Dr. Gruber also gave her steroid injections, which also provided some relief, but again temporary.
Dr. Gruber recommended regenerative medicine in the form of platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) and stem cell therapy for Joyce.
“I decided to try it in not just for the bad knee, but also for my other knee, which was starting to bother me,” Joyce said. “The stem cell withdrawal procedure did not hurt at all and the process was quick and efficient. I went home and took one pain pill as a precaution, but never took anymore as I felt fine.”
Joyce’s Outcome for Knee Osteoarthritis Using PRP and Stem Cells
“I am very happy with the result of my treatment [with PRP and stem cells] and have experienced an 80% improvement,” Joyce shared. “I do tend to overdo activity a lot and so sometimes still feel some stiffness in my knees, which goes away after I rest.”
Joyce is so happy with her experience with regenerative medicine for her knees that she is planning to soon do her hip as well.
Physical Therapy Experience
In addition to her experience with Dr. Gruber for treating her knee osteoarthritis, Joyce participates in regular physical therapy with Danielle McConnell, DPTat Integrated Orthopedics physical therapy clinic, which she says, “will be a relationship for life.”
“I do PT with Danielle and she is just marvelous,” Joyce said. “She has worked diligently with me from the very beginning. She listens and always adjusts my therapy as needed. We also have great conversations!”
The Integrated Orthopedics’ Team
“The team in Integrated Orthopedicsis a very caring group of people that is forward thinking with medicine,” said Joyce. “Dr. Gruber is knowledgeable, professional, personable and listens to his patients. Danielle is knowledgeable, pleasant and great at her job.”
Joyce shared that she would highly recommend – and already has recommended – the team at Integrated Orthopedics to others.
“Being retired, single and 72-years-old, I need to stay independent and active,” said Joyce. “Dr. Gruber and Danielle have helped me achieve this and I’m very happy about that.”