Platelet rich plasma (PRP) offers an ideal solution for 12-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor and World Champion Isa’s partial ACL tear

Isa suffered an injury during practice and feared his dreams of representing his country at international level were over until he met Professor Wilson

12 year-old Isa is an international competitor in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is currently ranked number one in the world for his age, weight and belt. He was injured during a training session while he was sparring with his training partner. His knee became twisted, Isa felt a pop and instantly asked his partner to stop. He was in great pain and wasn’t able to fully put his weight on his knee.

Professor Wilson explains Isa’s MRI scan before and after a PRP injection

Isa, 12, Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor & World Champion

His father, Dean took him straight to hospital as he knew this was something serious, particularly because Isa had no feeling in his foot.

The initial diagnosis was that Isa may have ligament and nerve damage. After an MRI scan, a serious grade 2 tear on the verge of grade 3 complete tear of Isa’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was diagnosed.

Isa was told he would not be able to do any physical activity until he had an operation which could only be done once the growth plates stop growing. For boys, growth plates usually close near the end of puberty, age 15–17.

This news was extremely upsetting for Isa and his father as Isa loves to train and compete and win titles. He is currently World Champion; Pan American champion; British National Champion; European Champion and is so far undefeated in 2019. He had four super fights lined up before his injury, which were going to be streamed around the world; two major title competitions and two amateur boxing competitions also planned.

Dean started to look for other options and found Professor Wilson online: “Isa was devastated by all of this and as a parent I could not accept what the first consultant had said, so I started to do some research on other types of treatment. This lead me to Professor Wilson who is a knee specialist. Since seeing him, things have changed massively.”

Professor Wilson diagnosed a partial tear of Isa’s left ACL, which is quite an unusual injury. He also had a fairly significant area of osteitis (bone bruising) at the front of the tibia (shinbone).

Due to Isa’s age, Professor Wilson recommended treating this conservatively, with Isa avoiding pivoting sports and having a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection and starting a rehabilitation programme. PRP uses the blood’s natural healing properties to repair damaged ligaments and other soft tissue and is particularly used for sports injuries.

Dean updates on Isa’s condition a few weeks after his PRP injection: “Isa’s knee is on the mend to our astonishment – way, way better than expected. He is healing at a rapid rate and everything is looking really promising for him to carry on his career in sport. Since his treatment with Professor Wilson, Isa can now run; jump; squat 90 degrees and squat on one leg. His knee is also much more secure in movement than before as well and he has a full range of motion. Isa has no discomfort or any sort of pain a month after his injury. The best thing is it looks like his ACL is healing and returning to its normal self.”

His advice for parents of children with similar problems: “Get a second opinion and don’t give up on your dreams. Do some research, come and see Professor Wilson and discuss alternative treatment and therapy. He has changed my boys outcome and he can continue to live his dream of one day representing his country at international level.”

He summarises: “Our whole experience with Professor Wilson has been overwhelming. We have been treated with care, politeness and concern for my son’s well-being. Isa’s diagnosis and treatment was done extremely rapidly, the after care has been the same. They all also understood my son’s passion to get back into sports and they all bent over backwards to get him where he should be. I personally highly recommend Professor Wilson. We both are truly grateful to Professor Wilson for getting Isa back to a normal life.”

Professor Wilson concludes: “I am so pleased that Isa can carry on his sporting dreams in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. PRP offered a great solution for Isa’s partial ACL tear and meant we didn’t have to wait until he had stopped growing to treat his knee. His MRI scan a month after the PRP injection clearly shows his osteitis has almost gone, he is no longer in pain and his ACL is clearly healing with the help of the PRP injection, and his knee feels completely stable. I wish him the very best of luck in his sport.”

October 2019