Baseball like so many other sports, is difficult to excel at when knee pain hampers sports performance. Stem cells have been used in most major sports including the professional ranks.
Baseball has had many famous athletes with knee problems.
Surgery is often frequently prescribed when early conservative measures do not allow return to baseball. The injured knee in baseball may involve the meniscus, medial or lateral collateral ligaments or the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
Surgery that is successful invariably will accelerate the rate of arthritis progression. Trauma perpetuates arthritis, and surgery further aggravates this degeneration over time. This may shorten the athletes career. Baseball injuries in high school may impact college, which may impact a professional career. This domino effect of arthritis progression becomes significantly important the younger the age of injury.
Treatments strategies that may influence this degenerative pathway or cascade have led to the emergence of Regenerative Medicine in sports. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy are not unique to professional baseball or any sport. In fact these Regenerative Medicine procedures have been seen in most every sport. The knee being a common thread.
Professional football and baseball player Bo Jackson was injured while playing professional football. He injured his hip and developed avascular necrosis (AVN). Jackson later underwent hip replacement surgery, ending his football career, and he subsequently played only one more season of professional baseball. Another Major League Baseball pitcher was diagnosed with hip avascular necrosis (AVN) on a routine physical. His multimillion dollar contract was cancelled and he was resigned for significantly less salary. AVN can also occur in the knee following trauma. Dr. Dennis Lox has treated numerous athletes with avascular necrosis, returning some to their sport.
Stem cells may be considered as a viable treatment option for athletic injuries including the knee in certain cases.
Dr. Dennis Lox has successfully treated a professional baseball player who failed to respond to multiple knee surgeries, with knee stem cell therapy. The player later resigned with a new team.
Dr. Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine. Not all cases are simple, and whether it is simple or complex, the needs of each patient should be evaluated, as no two patients are alike, and treatment should be individualized for each patient.