Dr. Dennis Lox a Sports and Regenerative Medicine expert in the Washington, D.C. metro region consults on a variety of knee conditions to treat with Stem Cell Therapy.
The Washington DC area is home to many professional sports franchises and has an active athletic community. Knee avascular necrosis (AVN) is not as common in the leg as hip AVN, however like hip AVN, it is most frequently caused by trauma. Avascular necrosis (AVN) occurs when the blood supply to a region of bone becomes impaired leading to a region of bone cell death or necrosis. This area of AVN necrosis may ultimately collapse, resulting in a rapid knee joint secondary degenerative arthritis.
As is the case with knee osteoarthritis, it tends to progress with time, however knee AVN may have a much more rapid acceleration of the arthritis curve. This makes timely treatment essential. Traumatic induced AVN may not initially be considered serious, and therefore conservative measures such as rest are thought to bring about improvement. The lack of improvement may be the first signal of something really wrong such as AVN. Other causes or risk factors of knee AVN are spontaneous onset, steroid induced, excessive alcohol consumption, chemotherapy, radiation, coagulopathies and autoimmune disorders.
Stem cell treatments have been considered a possible viable option for some patients with AVN. Stem Cell Therapy may work on several pathways including immunomodulation, cell signaling, repair or regenerative responses.
Many patients desire alternatives to knee joint replacement. Younger patients and athletes diagnosed with AVN are especially concerned with knee joint replacement.
Athletes may have career ending injuries when diagnosed with AVN. Younger patients must weigh the lifespan of a knee joint implant with their young age.
For many patients with knee arthritis or knee AVN alternative strategies such as Stem Cell Therapy may be a viable option for some patients.
Patients with chronic knee pain, arthritis or AVN may consult Dr. Lox in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.