Dr. Dennis Lox visited the golden state of California in Beverly Hills to discuss Stem Cells with a Group of International Doctors April 14, 2015. Dr. Lox discussed a variety of topics including changing trends in perception of stem cells by the general public, as well as our current understanding of certain conditions we treat. Dr. Lox noted the public is often unaware of issues such as the Vatican supports the use of Adult stem cells. It is often misconceived notions of political and religious views that people have that drive their fear of the unknown. Education has been one sector most agree needs to be better addressed by all. Dr. Lox lectures on a national and international level to researchers and clinicians on stem cells and Regenerative Medicine subjects.
A patient from the Bahamas returned to see Dr. Dennis Lox for follow up after knee stem cell therapy. The patient had his knee stem cell injection 1 year ago. Now his pain, swelling and limited walking were dramatically improved. His quality of life was drastically better. He was by his own words quite happy with his results. Knee stem cell injections and knee stem cell therapy for knee arthritis or osteoarthritis is a common reason patients seek consultation with Dr. Lox. Dr. Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Lox specializes in stem cell treatments for osteoarthritis (OA) and sports injuries. Not every patient obtains the same results, this is why Dr. Lox stresses personalized care, taking each individual as a unique human being that must have a specialized treatment plan. Dr. Lox treats many conditions with stem cell injections besides the knee, for a consultation contact Dr. Lox. In Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.
Most patients who undergo knee stem cell treatment with Dr. Dennis Lox are happy to get improvement, especially if they are over 70. The most frequent reason patients over 70 consult Dr. Lox for knee stem cell injections is knee osteoarthritis (OA) or simply referred to as knee arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. Where osteoarthritis (OA) is typically referred to as wear and tear degenerative arthritis.
Patients may see varying results with knee stem cell treatment as they age with knee OA. Obviously, how significant the arthritis is will impact outcome to a degree. Yet patients with realistic goals are often quite happy with the results of knee stem cell therapy. This particular patient was 72 and had previously had knee stem cell therapy with Dr. Lox and was quite pleased. So much so he wanted to try and get more improvement a year after treatment. It was not necessary from a medical standpoint as he was very happy with his level of functioning after the knee stem cell therapy. His knee pain, swelling and stiffness had diminished. He could walk without pain. He wanted to see if he could do even better and add more stress exercise. This is a complicated topic and must be individualized for each patient. Not all patients need to do this, and certainly if they are happy with the results it is not needed. Dr. Lox faces this issue more with athletic issues. Obtaining peak performance and rerun to sport are functional goals are athletes wish to meet. This particular 72 year old was thinking with a sports medicine or athletic frame of reference, and therefore his goals may be modified accordingly. So far he keeps improving and his goal is to remain active and physically fit into his 80’s and beyond. A goal truly worthy of paying attention to.
Dr. Dennis Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine. Combing Sports Medicine with the field of Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Lox offers cutting edge advanced treatments for patients in the Beverly Hills, California area. Athletes from nearly any sport have treated with Dr. Lox for stem cell therapy. The Los Angeles metropolitan area is the second largest in the country, and the home to numerous sports franchises. The California climate is favorable to many outdoor sports. Beverly Hills / Hollywood is also home to the entertainment industry and physical fitness and athletics are well entrenched into this world. Some action and even non-action Stars, have been injured while performing their own stunts or in accidents. Beverly Hills is also also home to numerous well known athletic trainers, who help clients attain their fitness and athletic goals. Stem cells for sports medicine is a natural fit for Beverly Hills. Patients want to heal faster, avoid surgery, and even be active in advancing years. The applications of stem cells to knee, hip, and shoulder arthritis is vast. Every other joint also may be affected by arthritis including wrists, hands, ankles, and feet. Traditional arthritis medications, cortisone injections, and even surgery do not alter the progression of joint arthritis over time. Stem cells and Regenerative Medicine applications may alter this paradigm. Many patients are turning towards stem cell therapy as an alternative to knee or hip joint replacement.
Each patient must be individually assessed. Dr. Lox strives for this personalized approach to medicine. Dr. Lox feels this approach will lead to the best possible outcome for patients seeking stem cell therapy for joint or sports medicine treatments.
Dr. Dennis Lox may be reached in Beverly Hills at (310) 975-7033.
Knee pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems.
Degenerative arthritis afflicts greater than 50% of adults over age 65.
Stem cell treatments have been utilized for a variety of orthopedic and sports injuries.
Stem Cell Therapy is becoming more popular as an alternative treatment for knee pain and degenerative osteoarthritis.
The use of stem cells for the treatment of chronic knee pain and degenerative arthritis, may be a viable alternative to knee surgery and knee replacement surgery.
The knee is the most commonly replaced joint, followed by the hip. Together the joints amount to close to a million joint replacement surgeries. This amounts to billions spent in health care.
Stem cells have been shown to function in many ways to repair injured tissues. Stem cells in arthritis and cartilage repair may function by controlling the inflammatory response. The inflammatory response can continue the degeneration process by promoting cartilage breakdown. This occurs by loss of cartilage cells, and the loss of surrounding matrix by the breakdown of individual components. Modifying or inhibiting this breakdown of cartilage, can lead to repair or merely ceasing the continued degenerative breakdown.
Stem cells may also exert a reparative or regenerative effect if new cartilage is formed. Stem cells can become new cartilage cells (chondrocytes). Stimulation of collagen synthesis, and the surrounding matrix foster this regeneration.
Studies have shown arthritis is progressive and serial x-rays of the knee may show marked change in 3-5 year periods.
If this degenerative breakdown that occurs over a 3-5 period can be arrested, the progression nature of arthritis may be blunted.
This nature of stem cells has gathered much interest in arthritis research.
Knee pain of many etiologies are common. Knee meniscal tears, ACL tears, failed knee surgery, and even alternatives to knee replacement surgery are being considered for stem cell treatment.
Degenerative arthritis is a common condition as we age. Arthritis tends to be progressive. Modifying or altering the progression of degenerative arthritis is a much sought after goal. The use of stem cells is a viable option in some cases to treat degenerative arthritis. Repair and regenerative effects are aspects of stem cell treatments. Though no two patients are alike, prognosis for treatment of all individuals is not practical due to extreme variability in different types of patients. This requires an approach that encompasses the individuals needs, goals, and desires to arrive at optimal treatment.
Knee pain can occur from rheumatoid arthritis. Stem cells have been used to treat various knee problems including, rheumatoid arthritis with Stem Cell Therapy.
What is the difference between osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis?
Some patients are told they have arthritis but don’t really understand what they have.
Some think they have rheumatoid arthritis and actually they don’t.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is generally thought of as wear and tear arthritis. It is much more complex than that. Many factors may be involved, but it is not an autoimmune disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is in a group of connective tissue diseases which are autoimmune diseases. They actually are diseases in which they bodies own immune system attacks its self, including the joints. The knee may be involved in RA.
Other autoimmune disorders include Lupus (SLE), Psoriatic arthritis, and Polymyositis.
These autoimmune diseases have characteristic findings and blood laboratory abnormalities not seen in osteoarthritis.
A classic lab abnormality in RA is an abnormal RF (Rheumatoid Factor).
Stem Cells have been used to treat knee osteoarthritis, as well as rheumatoid arthritis.
The use of stem cell treatments for knee RA should be carefully evaluated for each patient. The Regenerative Medicine specialist should have expertise in treating knees as well as autoimmune disorders with Stem Cell Therapy.
Dr. Dennis Lox an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine, has treated many patients with RA and knee OA with Stem Cell Therapy.
Dr. Dennis Lox is an expert in knee pain and the use of stem cell injections. Dr. Lox is treating patients in LA and California, with stem cell injections for knee pain from a diverse array of knee pain problems. LA is home to many sports franchises, and it’s warm climate favor an outdoor athletic population, that often develops knee pain. Stem cells may be an option for some patients with acute and chronic knee pain. Dr. Lox has treated patients with knee meniscal tears and arthritis. Some patients who have surgery do not improve, and some cases may be amenable to treatment with stem cell injections. Dr. Lox has treated such cases, including professional athletes who did not respond to knee meniscal surgery with knee stem cell injections. If these athletes fail to improve with knee surgery, their sports career may be over, the ability to utilize stem cell treatments in these patients offer not only return to their sports career, it may also be an issue of quality of life and long term deter knee arthritis. Many patients with knee pain wish to avoid knee joint replacement. Stem cells may be an option in patients with chronic knee pain who are told they need a knee replacement. LA is a major metropolitan area, and knee ailments are commonly seen in athletes and with advancing age. Dr. Lox is available for consultations on knee disorders and the use of stem cell injections.
LA is a major sports hub. Sports Medicine deals with athletic injuries. Medical treatments which foster tissue repair or healing are desirous in Sports Medicine, and stem cells are an integral aspect of Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Dennis Lox is a Sports and Regenerative Medicine expert who practices and incorporates stem cell therapy for sports medicine injuries in LA, California. Dr. Lox treats injuries of joints such as the knee, hip, and shoulder with stem cell therapy.
Arthritis is common in athletes with advancing age, and is more common after surgery for knee and joint problems, therefore knee and joint arthritis is commonly seen in sports medicine and athletes. Stem cells are a Regenerative Medicine application used to foster repair and healing in athletes, and can be viewed as a viable option to surgery in athletes with sports injuries. Treatment strategies which are aimed to prolong an athletes career or sports participation are an integral part of a sports medicine approach. Stem cells may be viewed as an extension of this approach. Dr. Dennis Lox practices Sports and Regenerative Medicine in the Los Angeles (LA), California city of Beverly Hills.
Degenerative osteoarthritis is not always confined to one joint. Many patients are afflicted with arthritis symptoms in the hands and legs. Athletes may have involvement of shoulders, hips and knees, or any combination from many prior injuries.
Not to mention the spine is all too frequently involved. Back pain is only second to the common cold in frequency of medical visits.
Arthritis of the knee and hip can be especially troublesome due to the cumulative effects of debility and pain in more than one location of the lower extremity. This compounds difficulty with walking, sports, recreational activities and impairs functional ability.
Surgery may have been performed on one or more of these joints, and all too frequently recommendations for total hip or knee replacement surgery has been rendered. Possibly surgery recommendations are given for each joint. At times a hip or knee has already been replaced, and now the other side is symptomatic. Sometimes the joint replacement surgery was not completely successful, or resulted in complications.
Stem Cell Therapy may be an option in these situations. Options include treating either the knee or hip or both. This is dependent on several factors and should be discussed with an expert in Regenerative Medicine. The use of Stem cells in multiple joints or being done serially or to the most problematic joint is best left to an individualized decision between the physician and patient. Not every patient should be treated alike or in the same fashion. Individual differences in patients may impact decision making by the experienced Regenerative Medicine specialist.
Dr. Dennis Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine. Contact Dr. Lox for an evaluation.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most dreaded injuries. ACL surgery and recovery are often difficult.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) functions to stabilize the knee and prevents the forward translation or movement of the knee joint when stopping or turning. By contrast the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) does the reverse. This occurs by the cross formed by the two ligaments and their different attachments in the center of the knee joint.
The ACL is often injured with other knee tissues. The terrible triad is a tear of the ACL, medial meniscus, and MCL (medial collateral ligament).
This is common in sports such as basketball, football, skiing and soccer.
ACL tears do not have to be complete. Partial tears occur and these do not have to always be surgically corrected.
Partial tears may be amenable to therapy and Stem Cell Therapy.
Stem cell treatments in this case is to aid in the healing process, and to possible repair the partial tear. Complete ACL tears that have left the two ends of the ACL separated like a cut rope, cannot be fixed with stem cells unless the ends were together.
Special ACL braces can help prevent translational forces across the knee joint during recovery from stem cell treatment or as part of rehabilitation.
The use of Stem Cell Therapy in ACL partial tears associated with meniscal tears or other damaged tissues such as the MCL, may be a viable treatment option as well.
Stem cells actually home to sites of injury. This allows more than one site to be treated when the stem cells are placed inside the knee joint. This is advantage to patients recovering from the injury, especially athletes. Treatment should be individually tailored for each patient.