• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Sports medicine propels Ray to new heights

March 3, 2019

When it comes to outdoor pursuits, Ray Yeary is more than a weekend warrior. A lifelong backpacker and adventure sports enthusiast, Ray has been able to take on increasingly more strenuous activities thanks to the comprehensive care he's received at Mayo's Sports Medicine Clinic.

Hiking and being outdoors are passions for Ray Yeary. He loves pushing his body and taking on new physical challenges. But that level of activity over many years can take a toll. For Ray, it resulted in chronic pain in his left knee, which made going down a mountain especially difficult.

But Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine has helped Ray keep pursuing his passions. Just three months after regenerative therapy to heal an inflamed tendon in his left knee, Ray was able to strike out on his biggest sporting adventure to date: ice climbing in the Italian Alps. Based out of a ski resort in France, Ray camped for a week and climbed to 12,000 feet, doing multi-pitch ice climbs.

"It's awesome to climb up above the clouds. I was climbing straight up these cliffs and putting all my weight on my knees," says Ray. "My knee is way better than it was before. The pain is gone." Read the rest of Ray's story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.