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Overcoming OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans): My Journey to Becoming a Professional Athlete



Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) is a rare and debilitating condition that affects the joints, typically occurring in the knees, but also sometimes in the elbow, ankle, or wrist. It is characterized by a loss of blood flow to the bone and the separation of a piece of bone and cartilage from the rest of the joint. This separation can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving the joint.


I know firsthand the pain and frustration that OCD can bring. At the age of 14, I was at the peak of my national ranking of 3 when I was diagnosed with this rare condition. When my parents asked when I would be able to play tennis again at a high competition level, the doctor said "let's see if he can walk like a normal person first". As you can imagine, my parents and I were devastated to hear this news. It took 14 months of recovery before I was able to get back on the court, and another 6 months before I was able to compete at the same level as before.


But my struggles with OCD didn't end there. When I was 18, my knee pain returned due to the rigorous training and tournament schedule. I had to undergo another surgery, which took me out for 6 months and another 3 months to get back to the top 3 in the nation in the boys 18s division. Even after becoming a professional player, my knee pain never fully went away, and I eventually had to retire at the age of 26.


As the founder of Road to Pro Inc, I dedicated myself to finding a solution for joint pain. After years of research and testing, we finally found a material that could take my own knee pain away. On the first day of using the heel pads, my pain went from a 9 to a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10. And after just a