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My heart dropped when I saw my daughter lying face down on the soccer field crying her eyes out writhing in pain.
Few things can worse than that for a Dad.
When I saw her and the player from other team’s feet collide moving in opposite directions and her lower leg move abnormally out from her knee I cringed.
I knew it was bad.
Because of my experience as a chiropractor having helped athletes win Olympic Gold Medals and knowing she’s a tough kid that doesn’t cry or make mountains out of molehills my only thought was how bad is it and how long will she be out for?
After she eventually sat up and was helped by the medical staff at the venue onto a cart and transported to the team bench for evaluation my suspicions were confirmed.
The amount of abnormal movement in her knee when it was tested was consistent with a severe injury to the inside ligament of the knee called the medial collateral ligament.
After her MRI we were told she had complete tear of her medial collateral ligament.
Thankfully, that ligament is the least complicated knee ligament to deal with. And, even better news was that she didn’t have to have surgery.
The downside of her injury was that it would be a minimum of eight weeks off the field if everything went perfectly. The challenge with eight weeks off is that it would put her back on the field the week her high school team began its preseason soccer schedule.
I immediately reached out to my health care colleagues for their help doing for my daughter what I couldn’t do for her.
The goal was to mount a recovery effort that would save a much time as possible getting her back on the field correctly the first time without compromise.
So, I got the team together to achieve that. One of my friends would handle the rehab therapy as he an expert in that. Another would do PRP to give the body a big jumpstart to tissue healing. And, I would handle the acute management which is my area of expertise. The whole idea was save time and reduce injury down.
Each week as we saw the doc handling the rehab he kept saying that her recovery was proceeding amazingly well without the hiccups and delays he expected based on his experience with such injuries.
As the weeks went on still no delay or stall.
So, he asked me what I was doing.
I told him that my daughter was faithful to his home care recommendations and I was doing low level laser therapy, earthing, arnica cream, and supplementation to accelerate her tissue healing.
He said he’d never seen tissue heal this fast and this completely without a stall.
He asked what I thought the secret to her recovery was.
I said it was the synergy of all the elements addressing key parts of the physiology required to heal most quickly.
I also said another key is only do things with proven scientific and clinical value to get a predicted outcome, no guessing.
A big part of her recovery was using PerfectAmino tablets because they fit my criteria for inclusion in her care. With a maximum utilization capacity to build new tissue greater than 99% and the clinical evidence I’ve seen in its ability to support maximum injury, training and performance recovery it was a no-brainer.
I had my daughter start with 5 tablets 3 times a day to get her used to taking them then went up to 10 tablets in the morning and evening.
It was a great feeling for me to see my daughter back on the field in less time than anticipated with traditional care methods and to know that she healed right the first time.
Dr. Jeff Spencer DC
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