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A Surfer in LA Discusses Knee Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

A Surfer in LA Discusses Knee Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

A Surfer in LA Discusses Knee Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

An avid California surfer consulted Dr. Dennis Lox at his Los Angeles (LA), California office for knee pain and stem cell therapy. The surfer was diagnosed with a knee meniscal tear. He was told he needed arthroscopic surgery. He researched Dr. Lox and regenerative medicine options, including Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy. He desired to avoids knee surgery and stay competitive in his sport of surfing. He did not want the downtime associated with knee surgery, and found stem cell therapy and a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to be more conducive with a speedy recover the had hoped for. Though no medical procedure can be considered the same, or the same outcome, as we are dealing with human beings, with all the variables encountered with humans. Dr. Dennis Lox has treated numerous professional athletes in different sports, who failed to improve with conservative measures or even surgery. These knee pain patients consider stem cell therapy a viable option. Some of the athletes had even failed to respond to surgery and were eventually released by their team. Lack of improvement in an athlete with persistent knee pain, can mean the end of a sports career. Most athletes desire to remain in their chosen sports or return to sports competition as soon as feasible. Alternative strategies to knee surgery such as Regenerative Medicine strategies Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy may be considered a viable option for some athletes. Dr. Dennis Lox an experienced physician in Sports and Regenerative Medicine, can be essential to an athletes career or successful career longevity. In Regenerative Medicine and the use of stem cell therapy, young patients think injuries will get better, or arthritis only occurs to the older generation. The concept of post-traumatic osteoarthritis is unknown except to the experts in the world of Regenerative Medicine, and researchers in the field. Helping young athletes with injuries such as knee pain and knee meniscal tears is a common practice of Dr. Lox.

Dr. Dennis Lox adheres to educating his patients to make better informed decisions about their own health care. Dr. Dennis Lox may be reached for the evaluation of knee pain and knee meniscal tears at his Los Angeles (LA), California area office in Beverly Hills at (310) 975-7033.

A Mexican Soccer Player with Knee AVN Consults Dr. Lox for Knee Stem Cells

A Mexican Soccer Player with Knee AVN Consults Dr. Lox for Knee Stem Cells

A Mexican Soccer Player with Knee AVN Consults Dr. Lox for Knee Stem Cells

The treatment of avascular necrosis (AVN) sometimes referred to as osteonecrosis is often difficult and frustrating for patient and doctor alike. Knee and lower extremity AVN poses unique problems for athletes with running sports such as soccer. Dr. Dennis Lox has utilized stem cell injections to treat soccer players, and other athletes with osteonecrosis or AVN. The use of stem cells to treat AVN has been performed in many musculoskeletal type injuries including in sports injuries, and Dr. Dennis Lox a stem cell expert has treated numerous soccer players with knee AVN, and other types of lower extremity AVN, as well as upper extremity avascular necrosis. Dr. Lox has used stem cell injections to keep these soccer players on the field, and continuing the sport they love. Soccer is a very demanding sport. It places great stress and strain on the lower body. AVN or osteonecrosis is an extremely troubling medical condition for these athletes. AVN occurs when a segment of blood supply to a specific region of bone becomes disrupted, in this case the knee. This results in that region of bone to undergo cell death or necrosis. Knee AVN can occur in several areas of the two main bones of the knee joint, the femur and the tibia. The end or distal aspect of the femur or the top portion of the tibia may involved. Less commonly with trauma, both bones may be affected with AVN. When AVN occurs symptoms may include pain, swelling, difficulty with weight bearing (walking), and playing soccer is generally impossible. Early on, AVN may be misdiagnosed, especially after trauma. This may occur after the knee fails to heal in an adequate timeframe or the pain and symptoms appears to be worsening, or out of proportion to the original injury. In this setting an acute awareness that avascular necrosis (AVN) may be possible. X-rays are often normal at the onset, and MRI’s have become the most useful diagnostic test to discern regions of necrotic bone early on. The most important aspect of osteonecrosis or AVN, occurs when the necrotic region of bone collapses. This can result in a rapid secondary degenerative arthritis. This aggressive collapse followed by destructive arthritis, can quickly destroy the knee joint. Thus ultimately ending the soccer players career. At this point recommendations for total knee replacement are typical made. After knee replacement surgery, few elite running sport athletes return to their level of game, especially running and sports, such as football and soccer. The great 2 sport professional football and baseball player, Bo Jackson sustained trauma to his hip during a football game after a running play in which he was tackled. Bo Jackson was initially felt to have AVN, and was later diagnosed with hip AVN. He was unable to avoid hip replacement surgery, and Jackson never played professional football again, yet played one more year of baseball. If Regenerative Medicine strategies such as Stem Cell Therapy are employed for the treatment of knee AVN early on before significant arthritis of the knee or joint collapse occurs, stem cells may be a viable and useful option. Dr. Lox has treated numerous soccer players with AVN and stem cells, returning them to play soccer. All athletic injuries must be considered a form of personalized individualized medicine. This is also the case with stem cells and athletes medicine. Dr. Lox is a expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine, and the use of stem cell for athletic injuries. A keen understanding of each patients unique situation, needs, goals and desires are paramount to success.

Dr. Dennis lox may be reached at his Los Angeles (LA) metropolitan area office in Beverly Hills at (310) 975-7033 or toll free at (844) 440-8503.

Knee Pain Following Knee Surgery: Stem Cells an Option?

Knee Pain Following Knee Surgery: Stem Cells an Option?

Knee Pain Following Knee Surgery: Stem Cells an Option?

A patient in Los Angles (LA), California queried Dr. Lox as to what do when her knee pain failed to improve after knee surgery. She was now 3 years after her knee surgery, and continued to have knee pain. She was interested in stem cell therapy for her knee. She was in her early 50’s and wanted to avoid another arthroscopic knee surgery, and was adamant that she not have knee joint replacement surgery in the future. The truth is she is at significant risk for continued acceleration of knee arthritis if she has another knee arthroscopic surgery. Long term she already is at great risk for continued progression of knee osteoarthritis. Living in LA California she enjoys the outdoor lifestyle, and wishes to continue this way of life, as well as yogi and outdoor aerobic exercises. Stem cells are certainly an option for patients in this situation however, not all patients are the same. This is where the expertise of an experienced Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist such as Dr. Dennis Lox came be invaluable. There are many possible nuances to whether certain patients improve or not. Dr. Lox has treated innumerable variations on persistent knee pain with stem cells, and motivated patients are extremely important to a successful outcome. Proper adherence to their physicians recommendations is also important. This may sound like it goes without saying yet it does not. Dr. Lox has treated many patients with failed knee surgery with stem cells and has had great success. Proper education and counseling are keys to having a patient make an informed decision. Dr. Dennis Lox may be reached at his Los Angeles (LA), California clinic in Beverly Hills for knee stem cell therapy.

Knee Pain Treated with Stem Cell Therapy

Knee Pain Treated with Stem Cell Therapy

Knee Pain Treated with Stem Cell Therapy

Knee pain may be due to various causes. Some are common such as osteoarthritis (OA), more commonly just referred to as knee arthritis. Knee arthritis use to be just felt to be a wear and tear disorder or the effects of time and age. This was distinguished from knee rheumatoid arthritis (RA) which is an autoimmune disorder. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) results in the body’s immune system attacking its own joints resulting in pain, swelling and ultimately joint destruction. Knee OA or knee arthritis is now known as a more complex phenomenon. Knee pain from knee OA can be wear and tear from prior trauma, genetics, joint imbalance or overload, or a complex array of factors operating at the cellular level from signals which result in knee joint breakdown.

Stem cell therapy for knee pain and knee osteoarthritis may work on knee joint breakdown in a variety of fashions on way may be by altering the chemical signals that break the knee joint down. The other may be a reparative or regenerative effect.

Stem cells are present in every patient, however each patient is different and knowing the individual patient allows personalized medicine which may be the best way to achieve optimal results. There is no one stop, one treatment approach for all patients that will encompass the complexities of humans as unique individuals with a unique set of circumstances that characterizes their needs, desires, and personal traits. Dr. Dennis Lox stresses the importance of personalized medicine in treating patients.

Los Angeles Avascular Necrosis

Los Angeles Avascular Necrosis

Los Angeles Avascular Necrosis

Los Angeles (LA), California is a world renown metropolitan area and entertainment capital of the world. Dr. Dennis Lox is an expert in stem cell treatment of avascular necrosis (AVN), and treats AVN with stem cell therapy in LA, California. Avascular necrosis occurs when the blood supply to a region of bone becomes impaired leading to bone cell death or necrosis. Stem cells have been used as a Regenerative Medicine strategy for the treatment of AVN. Avascular necrosis is often associated with a rapid degenerative arthritis if the necrotic region of bone collapses. This complication of AVN often leads to recommendations for total joint replacement surgery or joint fusion. Athletes and younger patients especially are looking for alternatives to joint replacement surgery as the lifespan of joint implants is inadequate during the patients lifetime, and revision surgery is often needed. Stem cells for AVN may provide an alternative treatment strategy for some patients with AVN. Los Angeles (LA), California is home to numerous professional sports franchises, and with LA’s favorable climate an active sporting lifestyle is common. Trauma is the most frequent cause of AVN, and sports injuries may result in the development of AVN. Stem cells may provide athletes with AVN additional options to continue their sports career or sports participation. Dr. Lox practices Sports and Regenerative Medicine in the Los Angeles (LA) community of Beverly Hills.

Knee Pain in a Weightlifter Treated with Stem Cells: What Exercise Is Appropiate?

Knee Pain in a Weightlifter Treated with Stem Cells: What Exercise Is Appropiate?

Knee Pain in a Weightlifter Treated with Stem Cells: What Exercise Is Appropiate?

Knee pain is a common occurrence in weightlifters. Squatting and heavy leg presses are power movements great at building muscle mass. Hack squats are notorious for placing undue strain on the anterior portion of the knee. Weightlifters are also frequently involved in other sports including contact ones such as football. Many of these sports predispose to injuries such as knee meniscal tears. Knee surgery is a common occurrence in weightlifters. Knee meniscal surgery in conjunction with weightlifting accelerates the degenerative arthritis curve progression. Knee osteoarthritis or arthritis, is not at all uncommon in weightlifters as they age.

Professional bodybuilders often have to modify their exercise as they age. Treatment options such as prescription anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, viscosupplementation injections have not been shown to alter the progression of degenerative osteoarthritis. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections have been advocated, however Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is devoid of stem cells. Stem cells are more effective in regenerative responses than PRP, this is due to the nature of PRP and growth factor functioning, as opposed to the mechanisms both known and unknown of stem cells. Stem cells may work in concert with PRP growth factors, yet stem cells are the master orchestrators of the repair process. This weightlifter after consulted with Dr. Dennis Lox opted to have knee stem cell injections. Following this Dr. Lox recommended a structured program for the gym to continue weightlifting, yet avoid activities and exercise that would not be beneficial to the healing response following knee stem cell injections.

LA Knee Stem Cells: Treatment with Dr. Lox

LA Knee Stem Cells: Treatment with Dr. Lox

LA Knee Stem Cells: Treatment with Dr. Lox

Los Angeles (LA), California is a thriving sports metropolis, knee stem cells are being utilized by Dr. Dennis Lox to treat athletes and those afflicted with knee pain. LA is the nations 2nd largest metro area, and with its desirable climate, athletes and weekend warriors frequently suffer knee injuries. California is the most populated state, with LA being the largest metro area in the state.

Stem cells are being used to treat a variety of sports complaints, musculoskeletal disorders, and knee arthritis. Dr. Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine. Stem cells are an integral aspect of Regenerative Medicine treatments. Knee pain is the most commonly treated joint with Stem Cell Therapy. Dr. Lox has treated a wide variety of knee disorders with stem cell injections.

Knee Meniscal Tears, Surgery and Stem Cells In LA with Dr. Lox

Knee Meniscal Tears, Surgery and Stem Cells In LA with Dr. Lox

Knee Meniscal Tears, Surgery and Stem Cells In LA with Dr. Lox

Dr. Dennis Lox treats select knee patients with stem cell therapy in LA California. LA is the second largest city in the United States, and California is the nations most populous state. Knee meniscal tears are a common source of chronic knee pain. Often knee meniscal tears are treated with surgery. Knee meniscal surgery may be successful, however long term knee surgery may accelerate the development of knee osteoarthritis (arthritis). Sometimes knee meniscal surgery is not successful, and the patient or athlete continues to have pain, loss of quality of life, or sports participation. Stem cells may be a viable option for some knee meniscal tears or failed knee surgery in some cases.

Dr. Dennis Lox is an expert in the treatment of knee meniscal tears and knee pain with stem cells and Regenerative Medicine strategies to aid patients with persistent knee complaints. Dr. Lox assesses each patient on an individual basis, as no two patients are alike, and each patient deserves individualized treatment designed for their specific problem. Patients should not be treated as a number in a factory where everyone gets the same treatment irrespective of their medical situation. Regenerative Medicine and stem cell knee treatments are a unique skill requiring expertise for the best patient outcomes. Dr. Lox practices in the Los Angeles, California metropolitan city of Beverly Hills.

Patient From England Travels for Knee Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

Patient From England Travels for Knee Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

Patient From England Travels for Knee Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

A Patient from London, England decided to take full advantage of his Florida holiday, and seek consul with Dr.Dennis Lox an expert in stem cell treatments. The patient was an avid fencer and had previously injured his knee during lunging maneuvers. Now in his late 40’s he was having pain in his knee with simple activities. A London orthopedic surgeon obtained an MRI which revealed a meniscal tear. The orthopedic surgeon recommended meniscectomy. The patient was in the medical field and researched stem cell treatments for knee pain. His research led him to Dr. Dennis Lox a Sports and Regenerative Medicine expert. Dr. Lox noted immediately that this was not an acute event, but rather the result¬†of multiple traumatic events over the years. The meniscal tear was probable degenerative in nature, as x-rays revealed signs of arthritic changes in both knees. Trauma accelerates arthritis, and surgery is a form of trauma. Removing a portion of his meniscus would only accelerate his degenerative cascade and more than likely push him towards a total knee replacement in his 50’s or 60’s. the patient was in excellent health, wished to remain active, especially later in his life. After hearing Dr. Lox explain the progressive nature of osteoarthritis, the former fencer with knee pain deduced he had nothing to lose by trying the stem treatment on his knee, and quite possible everything to gain. Dr. Lox gave him some scientific articles to read, answered all his questions and he decided to have the stem cell therapy to his knees before returning to England. Many of Dr. Lox’s patients come from afar. Traveling is not a problem, as unlike surgery, treatment with stem cells does not impair mobility.

Knee AVN Stem Cell Injections in Athletes: Dr. Lox Beverly Hills

Knee AVN Stem Cell Injections in Athletes: Dr. Lox Beverly Hills

Knee AVN Stem Cell Injections in Athletes: Dr. Lox Beverly Hills

Knee Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a relatively uncommon condition. Yet for athletes it is a very troubling diagnosis. Knee stem cell injections may offer some knee Avascular necrosis (AVN) patients an alternative to knee surgery. Dr. Dennis Lox practices in Beverly Hills, California, and in Florida.

Knee AVN is less common than hip AVN or shoulder AVN, yet when Avascular necrosis occurs in an athletes knee it often amounts to a potentially sports career ending injury. Avascular necrosis occurs when the blood supply to a region of bone becomes impaired leading to bone cell death, known as necrosis. The loss of blood supply is referred to as ischemia or avascularity. Thus, the term avascular necrosis. Surgical recommendations are often given such as knee joint replacement. Knee replacement is often itself a sports career ending move. This is the paradox of being diagnosed with knee AVN or AVN of any other joint for an athlete.

Stem cell injections may provide an alternative option to knee joint replacement for these athletes.

Dr. Dennis Lox is an expert in stem cell injections for AVN of the knee and other joints. Dr. Lox practices in Beverly Hills, California.