Stem Cell Jacksonville Kevin M. Kaplan, MD
Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute (JOI)


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In 2015 I was diagnosed with bilateral patellar tendonitis. From there I went through numerous weeks of physical therapy with very little success. With my lacrosse season starting up soon, I decided to wear a knee brace and play through the pain. This only got me so far as by the end of my junior year, in 2017, my patellar tendonitis had only gotten worse.

I went to the doctor again and kept getting the same two options: either to go to physical therapy and play through the pain, or to completley quit lacrosse altogether. With no success in physical therapy and not wanting to even think about the latter option, I decided to seek a second opinion. I have heard about Dr. Kevin Kaplan’s expertise in orthopedics and innovative techniques to help with knee pain and to strengthen the knees.

Dr. Kaplan’s evaluation provided me with alternatives such as the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection, which was the first time I had heard of another option. He explained the procedure to me in detail and was patient to answer any questions and concerns that I had. After the injection, my knees were sore for two days and my range of motion was limited. After a week, I was able to have full range of motion. It took twelve weeks for a full recovery.

After the twelve weeks, I was able to play lacrosse again and do things such as run and make cuts that I was unable to do before the procedure. In my senior season of lacrosse I had no pain and played the best that I have ever played. I finished the season with 48 goals and 20 assists through 12 games and couldn’t be any happier with the performance that I had all thanks to the procedure that strengthened my knees and got me back to playing the sport that I love.

Patrick S.

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I was afraid I’d be celebrating my 59th birthday having knee surgery. Not in the plan for a woman who wants to stay active for the next 50 years!

I’d injured my knee in August and months of physical therapy did what it could. By December I could barely limp to my car. Just getting into JOI across that huge parking lot was torture. Another doc was draining two big syringes of fluid off my knee every time I came in. Ow!

But Dr. Kaplan had stem cells up his sleeve and soon mine were in my knee. After months of little relief from physio, you can imagine my surprise when the pain relief was almost immediate and flexibility followed soon after. In a little under 60 days, I’m back in my track shoes building up my distance again.

You don’t have to be a sports star to get cutting edge treatment. Heck, I was downright flabby by the time I limped into JOI. It’s nice to see all the professional athletes on the page, but I figured it would be reassuring for prospective patients to see that knee repair can be almost instantaneous even for 50-somethings. I’m a big woman at 6 feet putting some serious wear on my knees and this was magic!

Dr. Kaplan has good hands with a needle. Best of all, he’s got stem cell tech that works like the Creator reached down and did a parts replacement on the spot. I asked for something that would get me back on my size 11 feet again and keep me there for years to come. He delivered. Such a joy to be mobile and pain free. The hardest part now is remembering not to overdo.

Beth I

I began experiencing moderate to severe pain in my left elbow, almost certainly from playing too much golf. After several months of rest and inactivity, I realized that my condition was not improving. I first visited with my primary physician who diagnosed me with medial epicondylitis, or more commonly known as “golfer’s elbow”. He initially prescribed a regimen of ibuprofen and icing of the elbow area 3 times a day. After 4 weeks, still no positive results. Next visit, he injected steroids directly into the elbow tendon, but again after 1 month, no improvement was noted.

I had read about the success of using Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) procedures in healing various areas of the body. A longtime friend told me about Dr. Kaplan and how PRP worked wonders for his son, a pitcher for the Bolles School at the time, who also was having chronic elbow issues.

I visited with Dr. Kaplan at the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute (JOI) in San Marco, where he confirmed the medial epicondylitis diagnosis, and offered several treatment options ranging from conservative to aggressive protocols. I chose the PRP approach and we scheduled a follow up appointed two weeks later. The procedure was relatively straight forward, with blood drawn and centrifuged to isolate the PRP. Next the Platelet Rich Plasma was injected directly into the tendon. Unexpectedly the next day, my elbow actually felt better. Six weeks later upon my return visit to Dr. Kaplan, I was able to report that the pain was totally gone and I was able to return to all normal activities, including golf. For me, Dr. Kaplan was a miracle worker and he made the process quite enjoyable. Unfortunately, my golf game is still mediocre, but at least I can play without pain or restrictions…LOL

Thank you Dr. Kaplan!!!!

Jay L