After visiting the Kaiser Permanente Southern Alameda County sports medicine facility, a young man returns to his passion for contact sports
Kunj Kashyap, a 28-year-old financial advisor from the Bay Area, has always relied on sports to help keep his life in balance. “It’s important for me to engage in physical activity like lifting weights to help clear my mind, stay focused, and relieve stress.”
It’s this type of activity that Kashyap missed when he injured his wrist and then his knee. Ten years ago, Kashyap fell and hurt his wrist, requiring surgery. After surgery, he could do day-to-day activities, but not boxing and other exercises he loved. That was until he went to see William V. Moore, MD, a sports medicine physician who has worked at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont for 15 years.
Dr. Moore recommended prolotherapy injections, a treatment for muscle and joint pain. With the success of the injections, Kashyap started lifting weights and enjoying contact sports again.
“Kunj uses prolotherapy quite a bit to keep himself at the top of his game. It’s really gratifying to see prolotherapy be so successful,” said Dr. Moore.
Kashyap visited Dr. Moore again in 2018 when he injured his knee while playing basketball. An X-ray showed loose bodies, small fragments of joint cartilage that break off in the knee joint. After a successful surgery and regular physical therapy appointments, his knee is as good as new.
“I appreciate the treatment I received. The entire team is great and knowledgeable,” said Kashyap.
Keeping members physically active
The Kaiser Permanente Southern Alameda County sports medicine team consists of 6 physicians — all with a variety of specialties in orthopedic care.
Amy Yin, MD, a sports medicine physician who specializes in non-surgical sports and musculoskeletal care, who has worked at the Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Medical Center for 7 years, said the goal of sports medicine is to keep people physically active.
“Many people identify as athletes, and it’s a loss of their identity when they can’t do what they love,” Dr. Yin said. “We want to keep people moving as much as possible.”
The Southern Alameda County sports medicine group operates as a team on every patient’s case.
“I am part of a team where there is not just one specialty.” Dr. Yin said. “There is a spirit of collaboration, and that’s what makes our facility special.”
Visit KP Southern Alameda County sports medicine website for more information.