Hyalofast is a biodegradable substance used as scaffolding for joint repair. It is currently being used in the repair of chondral and osteochondral tears. It traps stem cells and harnesses their talent for splitting into both cartilage and bone. Hyalofast is sterilized and can be stored in a cool, dry place. It has a four year shelf life. It is considered both effective, biologically active, easy to use, bioresorbable, and safe for orthopaedic surgical use. It’s use facilitates one-step cartilage repair.
Patients who have had meniscus knee surgery at least six (6) months prior and are still in pain, may also have hope. Clinical trials are currently being conducted on post surgery patients, from 30 to 75 years old, who are still experiencing knee pain from meniscus deficiency.
Apparently, during the CrossFit regionals in the past couple of weeks, somewhere on the order of 25 men, including some elite athletes, either partially or completely tore their pectoralis major tendons. For essentially all of these athletes, that means the end of regional competition, possibly the end of the road to the 2017 CrossFit games, and in the worst cases, surgical repair and months of rehabilitation.
When patients are recovering from joint and tissue inflammation due to injury or subsequent surgery, ice therapy is often recommended. It can be very helpful. However extreme cold cryotherapy, though increasingly popular among celebrities and elite athletes, is not necessarily the answer.