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My return to competition after a cartilage transplant
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Hello, my name is Nate Edgington. In 2006 Dr. Cole performed an ACI AMZ procedure on my right knee. Working for an orthopaedic company in Indiana gave me the luxury of knowing who some of the best surgeons were in the country, which I was why I selected Dr. Cole. From a surgical perspective, the procedure went very well; but, for me personally the outcome was initially more challenging than I had hoped. For approximately 8 years I stopped running because the knee was painful when I tried to run. However, its only been in the last few years Ive realized how much more control I have over my outcome, pain, and what I am able to do.

In the last two years Ive made some pretty dramatic lifestyle changes. I began seeing a trainer and educating myself on what I could do improve my situation. This included changing my diet to include more natural foods and low inflammation foods, stretching, Icing/Elevating/& Compressing post workout, strengthening the muscles around the joint, changing my running form, and educating myself on others ways I could get better.

This transformation has led to me completing two half ironman events (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run) over the last two years, something I never thought I would do. Im very thankful for Dr. Cole and his surgical team for providing me the outcomes they did. I just wish I would have spent more time initially listening and educating myself on how I could get better earlier.