Teen Baseball Player with Hip Pain and Hip AVN or Osteonecrosis

Teen Baseball Player with Hip Pain and Hip AVN Consults Dennis M. Lox M.D.

A teen baseball standout being scouted by colleges, developed hip pain and was found to have hip AVN.  He researched alternatives to hip replacement surgery, Hip AVN, and found other patients Dennis M. Lox M.D. has treated. One was an Orlando news story of another teen soccer player diagnosed with ankle (navicular bone) AVN.  The soccer player treated her AVN with stem cell therapy, after consulting Dr. Lox. She was told she would need an ankle fusion and would never be able to play soccer again. After her ankle stem cell therapy, she returned to play soccer, and was the leading scorer on her high school team as a freshman. Serial MRI scans of her ankle kept showing improvement in her AVN. 4 years later, the AVN was gone on her MRI. She got a college scholarship in soccer. A true AVN success story, and she was interviewed again for a news story with Dr. Lox and some professional athletes he treated on ABC action news in Tampa.

 Not all AVN Cases are the Same


Severe AVN of hip

This teen baseball player had unfortunately had hip surgery with plates and had gotten worse after the surgery. He was playing Baseball 2 days before the hip surgery.
After surgery he limped so bad he needed crutches, even months later. Not all surgery is successful. Sometimes, with avascular necrosis (AVN), surgical procedures can further impair blood flow to the area of dead bone, and makes the AVN worse.
Avascular necrosis is also referred to as osteonecrosis. Both names refer to loss of blood flow resulting in bone cell death or necrosis.  Hip AVN patients often are told they need hip replacement surgery. Teen athletes will most likely not return to their sport after hip replacement, therefore hip stem cell therapy is an appealing option, as an alternative to hip replacement surgery.  The amount of the hip involved with AVN is important for treatment options. The thigh bone or femur is usually affected with AVN at the hip socket. This portion of the femur is called the head of the femur. Small focal areas of hip avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis, and early diagnosis are of course easier to treat. However, not all medicine is easy. Some cases of AVN are diagnosed late, some AVN cases are large areas of necrosis, and some osteonecrosis is patchy or diffused along the femur. Dr. Lox has treated many cases of AVN that is complicated by multi-joint involvement or associated with disease states, not just simple trauma. Trauma is the most common cause of hip AVN and is typically just one hip. Osteonecrosis can be seen in both hips, a hip and a knee or various combinations. Dr. Lox once treated a patient the AVN was diagnosed in both ankles. The underlying risk factor for her was excessive cortisone for lung disease. Osteonecrosis or AVN from large excessive doses of cortisone, especially given intravenously can lead to multi-joint symptoms. This woman later developed pain in both of her hips. Dr. Lox ordered an MRI the MRI confirmed AVN of both hips.  Soon thereafter she complained of knee pain and was diagnosed with knee AVN.  The AVN was patchy throughout her femur and tibia not just her ankles, knees, and hips. This was a bad case of AVN. She was kept walking without crutches for several years with ankle and hip stem cell injections. Not all cases of AVN or osteonecrosis are alike, and each patient needs special attention to their condition, goals and aspirations.  Frequently improved quality of life, decreased hip pain, and an alternative to hip replacement surgery are goals patients seek. Athletes of course want to play their sport again.

HIP AVN or Osteonecrosis Symptoms

If trauma is not involved, it may develop slowly as hip pain, groin pain or stiffness. Trauma induced osteonecrosis can be confusing, as hip trauma often hurts. So people think the pain will go away. It’s when the hip pain persists or is out of normal for the injury a high index of suspicion for early diagnosis of hip AVN or osteonecrosis should be entertained. This is why an experienced expert in AVN and Sports and Regenerative Medicine, such as Dennis M. Lox M.D. Should be consulted. If AVN progresses, a limp may occur, loss of hip range of motion. Hip joint collapse is typically extremely hard to walk with. Although Dr. Lox has treated some very advanced cases of Osteonecrosis with hip stem cell therapy that could walk fine afterwards, despite bad x-Rays.


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Mixed Martial Artist Consults Dr. Lox for Regenerative Therapy and Hip Pain

Mixed Martial Artist Consults Dr. Lox for Regenerative Therapy and Hip PainMartial Artist Consults Dr. Lox Stem Cell Therapy Hip Pain

Martial Artist with Hip Pain Chooses Hip Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Pain Relief

A mixed martial artist with hip pain consulted Dr. Dennis Lox, a Sports and Regenerative Medicine Specialist, for hip pain relief. He researched regenerative techniques and the subject of hip stem cell therapy. He has been a mixed martial artist and a student of martial arts for over 20 years. His primary goal was to avoid hip surgery, decrease his severe hip pain and improve his quality of life.

 Contact Sports Athletes often Develop Hip Arthritis 

Most contact sports athletes will have either an injury, or wear and tear accumulative degenerative hip arthritis damage.  A lot of mixed martial artists have shoulder or hip problems from years of hitting the heavy bag, and physical contact.  In this case, the martial artist’s hip was becoming arthritic as a result. This greatly affected his ability to hit the heavy bag with his leg. He was at the point he could no longer strike the heavy bag with his leg as it caused severe hip pain. He desired to continue on with his martial arts training, as he was also a teacher. He felt the need to demonstrate kicks properly for his students, as he was a very hands on teacher, and in this case, he wanted to be a “hips on” teacher. Thus the desire to have his hip pain not just go away, but repair itself if it could.

Sports and Regenerative Medicine, Hip Stem Cell Therapy for Hip Pain Relief  

He liked the idea of merging sports medicine with regenerative medicine for hip pain relief.  A part of Martial arts is the mind and body connection. He liked the idea of using his own stem cells to help heal himself. This is an integral part of Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Lox explains the science of procedures such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy for hip pain relief.  He elected to proceed with treatment under the care of Dr. Dennis Lox. He did well and returned to teaching with demonstrating kicking on the heavy bag.  Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis is not just a wear and tear phenomenon. We now know many factors comprise this process. It may be initiated by a single traumatic event. Trauma can predispose or accelerate the degenerative arthritis cascade. Degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis is progressive in nature. Therefore, trauma from sports progresses this at an accelerated rate compared to a normal non-traumatic degenerative arthritis. Hip and knee surgery also predisposes to an accelerated progression of knee and hip degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis, as there is usually trauma from sports or another traumatic event combined with surgery.  Patients have researched Dennis M. Lox M.D for his expertise in Sports and Regenerative Medicine, the aspects of regenerative medicine techniques and stem cell applications for these conditions.


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Kentucky Veterinarian / Medical Stem Cell Treatment Seminar

Human and Veterinary Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Science

Stem Cell therapy used in veterinary medicine

Stem Cell Therapy Proving Successful in Horses.

You normally would not associate Lexington, Kentucky prized race horse country, with a Veterinarian medicine seminar with one having human Regenerative Medicine and stem cell science together, but that is what happened. It provided state of the art Regenerative Medicine for both fields. Including spinal cord injuries, organ diseases, neurological problems and of course orthopedic conditions. No one wants a prized lame race horse. One area not currently developing in veterinary medicine is plastic surgical applications like face lifts. Seems the horse owners are less concerned than their human counterparts that age.  Another facet of stem cell treatments and regenerative medicine, are the options and applications as alternatives to surgery. A premise of Regenerative Medicine is helping the body heal itself.  Dr. Lox is an expert in Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Treatment.  He further explains this topic.

See video of horses being healed with Stem Cell Therapy here;

Healing Horses with Stem Cell Therapy

 Most Every Major University has Stem Cell Research

Not long ago few universities had stem cell research departments. Now nearly every major university and medical school does. In nearly every field of medicine and Regenerative Medicine  Institutes or both.  California leads the way in many areas of research. This is because early on the state of California realized the lack of government funding in stem cell research was a major problem. So, the state of California passed legislation that allowed tax payer money to be used for Stem cell research. This created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The large financial ability to fund university research has helped fast track many projects to help humans.  A worthwhile goal.

Athletes and Animals Don’t Respond To Placebo 

Dennis M. Lox M.D has lectured nationally and internationally at Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Science Symposiums. These are university professors and researchers in the Regenerative Medicine field. A favorite topic of Dr. Lox at his lectures is Athletes and animals don’t respond to placebo. Drug clinical trials go through a randomized double blinded placebo control phase. Translation the doctor/researcher and the patient doesn’t know if they are getting the “drug being tested” or a placebo. Placebo is like a sugar pill, it shouldn’t have a statistically significant effect. So you can’t make a lame racehorse run faster with a sugar pill. Same with athletes. Athletes can play well with injuries, yet if you measured their speed a football player with a hamstring tear will not run faster. Normally they will not play until it is healed.  One of the greatest tennis players of all time Rafael Nadal has had intermittent knee problems attributed to his grueling style of play. Nadal has had multiple knee platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections in between tennis tournaments. Their are growth factors in PRP, and an inflammatory reduction can occur in 2 weeks. There are no stem cells in PRP. If the knee injury is more serious or requires more time to heal knee stem cell injection may be a better alternative . In 2012 Rafael Nadal finally had enough of his lingering intermittent knee pain. Rafael Nadal consulted with his team and one of his two sports orthopedic physicians. One is also an expert in Regenerative Medicine, and Dr. Lox invited him as a panel speaker in Aspen, Colorado on Athletes and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Lox was also a speaker and moderator of the Symposium, and spoke on his experience in the field with athletes. Rafael Nadal’s doctor decided it was no longer a short term 2 week PRP problem. Stem cells take longer to repair and for most Regenerative issues nothing happens overnight. Dr. Lox likes to say if you put in grass seed, you don’t have a lawn tomorrow.

Rafael Nadal Knee Stem Cell Therapy

Rafael Nadal in 2017.

Nadal took nearly 7 months off the men’s professional tennis circuit. The following year, in 2013 he returned to the world number men’s ranking. In 2017 and 2018 he was again ranked the worlds number one men’s player. Astounding to sports and tennis fans given he is now 32. Old by prior tennis standards, especially with bad knees, or in his case a possible new lease on his knees through Regenerative Medicine.  Dr. Lox has treated many tennis players and athletes from all sports with stem cell therapy, and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Lox has yet to treat an animal, however he has been consulted by veterinarians and professors from as far away as Turkey on complicated animal orthopedic conditions with human similarities.


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285 Pound ex-Collegiate Weightlifter has Knee Stem Cell Therapy For Knee Pain Arthritis

Ex-athletes who treat with

Dennis M. Lox M.D. For Knee Pain are Motivated

Athletes consult with Dr. Lox for Stem Cell Therapy

This patient after his college sports career, like many athletes get out of shape with busy careers and gain weight, some then consult with Dr. Lox knee pain relief with knee stem cell therapy. This ex-athlete went from a solid muscular 200 pound athlete, to a not so solid 285 pound 53 year old busy professional. A not so uncommon story. However, Dr. Lox notes when they commit to already losing the weight before seeing him for knee pain relief from knee stem cell therapy, they are motivated. They are a joy and pleasure to help get better with Regenerative Medicine. Not everyone has to be an athlete or former athlete to get better with knee stem cell therapy. A lifestyle change can occur with anyone. Losing weight is not just easier on the knee, it lowers risk for a variety of diseases. Patients with high blood pressure or diabetes often reduce or eliminate their medications after weight loss. It is estimated for every extra 10 pounds of body weight there is an additional 30-50 pound more force on the knee. An extra 20 pounds is like walking around all day with a 100 pound back pack on. So Dr. Lox discusses diet and exercise with every patient if needed.

Knee Pain Arthritis Symptoms

knee arthritis knee pain

  • Knee pain
  • Knee stiffness
  • Knee swelling
  • Knee creaking, or cracking 
  • Loss of knee range of motion
  • Walking pain in knee 
  • Knee pain going up or down stairs
  • Knee pain after sports

Alternatives to Knee Replacement

Patients often seek consultation with Dennis M. Lox M.D., a recognized expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine, because they don’t want knee replacement surgery. Some who are told they need a knee replacement, clearly don’t at the point they seek consultation with Dr. Lox. The problem is that the medical system doesn’t know what to do with them. Arthritis medications and cortisone injections may temporarily alleviate knee pain, or not at all. Both arthritis medications and cortisone injections do not alter the progression of knee arthritis, meaning it gets worse with time. So, treating early with Regenerative Medicine makes sense. Help the body heal itself, so you avoid knee replacement. The earlier the better. However, patients often say I just recently heard about knee stem cell therapy or stem cell treatments. If only I had known earlier. Sometimes you get what you get, and that is what you have to treat and make the best of.

Even Professional Athletes have turned to Stem Cell Therapy

Many famous professional athletes have turned to stem cell therapy.
Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Rafael Nadal, Derrick Brooks,
and a long list of others. You don’t have to be a famous athlete to pursue researching Regenerative Medicine and stem cell therapy. Yet, a question should be asked. Why would some of the worlds most elite athletes turn to Regenerative Medicine and stem cell therapy if it might hurt them? Would they jeopardize their career on a risky injection? The truth is no. It has been shown in clinical trials on human knees to be safe. So you can have a knee stem cell injection and it will work or it will not work, but you can’t rewind knee surgery. If knee surgery makes it worse, there is no going back.


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Retired Virginia Naval Officer Seeks Consult of Dr. Lox for Knee Stem Cell Treatment

Virginia Man with Knee Pain Seeks Knee Pain Relief with Stem Cell Treatment

  A retired Naval Officer who graduated first in his class at the Naval Academy, was recommended by his family physician in Virginia to seek consultation with Dr. Lox regarding knee stem cell treatment, as a means of knee pain relief rather than undergoing knee replacement surgery. The patient has had knee arthritis pain for several years, and heard of other success stories Dr. Lox has had with similar patients from Virginia. Dr. Lox has treated patients from all over the country and many from other countries. Knee pain is one of many orthopedic pain problems that Dr. Lox is consulted for. Knee pain relief is a common goal of these patients. This retired Naval officer elected to have knee stem cell treatment with Dr. Lox.

Knee Arthritis is a Common Cause of Knee Pain

Knee pain Dr. Lox

What one could call a “Normal” Knee.


Knee Pain Knee Stem Cell Injection

An Arthritic Knee.









Knee arthritis is the common term for knee osteoarthritis, and is a common cause of knee pain. This is generally viewed as wear and tear arthritis, to distinguish it from the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis. Knee arthritis is actually a more complex scientific problem than just knee wear and tear or old age. It is also referred to as knee degenerative arthritis. The knee joint can break down and cause knee pain from a variety of causes. Older age is just one, a lifetime of daily use wears just like your car tires. Some people put 10,000 miles a year on their car, others 75,000. More miles means more wear. Long distance runners can be used as an example. Though not absolute. Some people are blessed with good genes, and can run at advanced age, others can not. Some people get it in their 70’s or 90’s, however, it is common in 50-60 years olds. Being very overweight and of shorter stature is a greater load on the knee, and over time degenerates the knee faster. 5’2″ inch 300 pound patients are at much more disadvantage than a 6’4″ 300 pound patient, though both should lose weight. Knee trauma accelerates knee arthritis. Likewise, knee trauma followed by knee surgery actually has an even more cumulative accelerated pathway to arthritis, especially severe knee injuries. There are bio mechanical factors such as unequal leg lengths, bow legs or knock knees, even ankle fusion creates disturbances in gait.

Knee Stem Cell Treatment To Avoid Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee stem cell treatment is becoming a more common alternative to knee surgery, knee pain relief, knee replacement surgery, and treatment for knee arthritis. Knee pain from knee arthritis is the main reason for seeking knee stem cell treatment and knee stem cell therapy. Knee swelling, limping, cracking, knee catching are all symptoms people wish to alleviate. Knee stem cell treatment and stem cell therapy and platelet rich plasma (PRP) are also sought for those who can no longer walk as far as they wish, or have to use a cane, walker or even motorized scooter and wheelchairs in public. Probably one of the most important factors people choose knee stem cell treatment or knee stem cell therapy is to improve their overall quality of life.
After all living life the best you can, is reason enough to look into alternative strategies such as Regenerative Medicine.

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A Teen Hockey Player From The North Pole with Shoulder AVN Consults Dr. Lox

A Teen Hockey Player From The North Pole With Shoulder AVN Consults With Dr. Lox

Shoulder AVN

MRI image showing AVN of the shoulder.

Causes Of AVN

A teen hockey player with traumatic induced shoulder Avascular Necrosis (AVN), consulted with Dr. Lox to treat with Stem Cells.  He flew in from the North Pole after hearing about Dr. Lox’s work and experience in AVN and athletes.  Dr. Lox saw the patient and his family in his Beverly Hills, California office.  The teen dislocated his shoulder resulting in the development of post traumatic Avascular Necrosis (AVN).  Trauma is the leading cause of shoulder AVN.  Idiopathic is an unknown cause and is second to trauma.

What Is Shoulder AVN?

Shoulder AVN occurs when the blood flow to the shoulder bone, typically the humeral head, is impaired.  This loss of blood flow results in bone cell death, known as Necrosis.  So, to break this down, loss of blood flow is termed Avascular and bone cell death is termed as Necrosis, thus the term Avascular Necrosis.  It is typically abbreviated as AVN.  Other terms for AVN are osteonecrosis, aseptic necrosis and bone infraction.  All of these terms mean the same thing.  Shoulder AVN is probably second to Hip AVN in frequency.  Trauma to the shoulder is the leading cause of shoulder AVN.  Idiopathic or unknown cause is the second most frequent reason for being diagnosed with shoulder AVN.  Idiopathic or an unknown cause is often frustrating for patients, as patients want answers.  Telling a patient “we don’t know what caused this”, is a stressful reaction commonly seen after being told you have idiopathic shoulder AVN.  Other causes may be excessive Cortisone use, and excessive alcohol use.  There is not a good understanding why some people who take excessive cortisone or alcohol get AVN, while others do not.

Symptoms Of AVN

Shoulder pain is the usual first symptom that a patient experiences.  After trauma it may be misleading as just part of the trauma.  A specialist like Dr. Lox, can aid in early diagnosis of shoulder AVN.  Loss of shoulder range of motion and stiffness may also occur as a symptom.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is often the first sign of shoulder AVN.  After trauma it is normal to hurt, so when shoulder pain persists longer than expected for the injury or out of proportion to the injury, a higher index of suspicion for shoulder AVN should be considered.  Dr. Lox has treated many athletes and non-athletes alike for AVN afflicted many different problems involving the shoulder.  These include rotator cuff tears, supraspinatus tears, impingement syndrome, labral tears, avascular necrosis (AVN) and shoulder joint arthritis with Regenerative Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy.  The concern with shoulder AVN and AVN of any other joints is that the necrotic area may collapse leading to a rapid destruction of the shoulder joint.  This often leads to a recommendation for total shoulder replacement.

Shoulder Stem Cell Therapy

Shoulder stem cells are being considered for a variety of shoulder pain problems, including shoulder AVN.  Patients are often interested in Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy for shoulder AVN, as they wish to avoid shoulder replacement surgery.  Alternatives to shoulder replacement surgery is a frequent reason patients research Regenerative Medicine.  The age of the patient, severity and type of injury and type of sport are all important pieces of the puzzle when evaluating a patient.  No two patients are the same, and it is essential to evaluate each patient separately.  There is no pre-set treatment plan for each patient when considering Regenerative Medicine and Shoulder Stem Cell Therapy.  Patients like the simplicity of shoulder stem cell therapy, as there is no general anesthesia.  It is done using a local anesthetic and it is a simple injection.  Patients can even go back to work the same day.  Patients should ask questions and have an experienced Regenerative Medicine specialist address their questions and concerns to achieve optimal results.  By taking such a patient specific approach, each patient will get their specific needs, desires and goals addressed.

Dr. Lox takes this approach to each patient.  Dr. Lox treats patients in the Tampa Bay, Florida area as well as the Los Angeles Metropolitan area, Beverly Hills, California.

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How To Read A Knee X-Ray

Have you ever wondered what is really on your knee x-Ray when a doctor tells you it is “bone on bone”?

The 2 Main Bones

knee x-ray

The large thigh bone is known as the femur. Beneath it is the larger shin bone the tibia. The smaller shin bone the fibula does not connect to the knee joint.  The inside of the femur and tibia form what is known as the medial joint.

The outside of the femur and tibia form the lateral compartment.
What you see on x-rays are bones. The cartilage, ligaments and muscles do not show on x-rays, only on an MRI.

knee x-ray

Medial Knee Joint

knee x-ray

Lateral Knee Joint

The 3 Compartments

1. Medial                                   2. Lateral                                 3. Patellar

We can determine a lot about the distance or space between the femur, both medially and laterally. One should make a good habit of comparing both knees. Some doctors only look at the one you say is hurting you. This misses a good opportunity to compare to your supposedly “normal” knee, and often shows signs of change such as arthritis on the other side.

What Does “Bone on Bone” Mean?

The distance between the femur and the tibia is really the amount of space the cartilage should take up. For instance if there is a lot of room between the femur and tibia there is good joint space or normal amount of cartilage is inferred. If there is minimal space between the bones the joint is worn and the cartilage has thinned out. This is advanced arthritis of the knee. It may occur on the inside (medially), on the outside (laterally) or both compartments. Quite often patients are told they are “bone on bone” when in fact there is still good joint space.

Knee Arthritis

Reading a knee x-ray is mostly easy.  There are some things better to be left to a trained radiologist.  However, for the most part, it is not too hard.  Especially in telling if you have arthritis or not.  Look for distance between the femur and tibia on both the inside and outside.  Compare with your other knee.  Look for irregularities of the bone surface or bone spurs at the edge of the bone.  The knee cap shows irregularities with chronic wear.  It is usually involved when the medial and lateral joint is narrowed as well.

To sum it up, look for normal or narrowed medial and lateral joint space, irregular bone surfaces, bone spurs and patella (knee cap) irregularities.  A little practice makes a big difference.  Sometimes one side the medial is more affected than the lateral.  This can be from being overweight, prior trauma or knee surgery in that area.  The lateral is usually affected from prior lateral meniscus surgery, it accelerates the development of knee arthritis.

Knee Arthritis

Abnormal Knee – “Bone On Bone”


Knee arthritis dr. Lox

“Normal” Knee







knee x-ray

Patient was told his knees were “bone on bone”, but as you can see, there is still space between the joints.










So, as you can see, not everyone who is told that they are “bone on bone” is actually “bone on bone”.  Sometimes, the glass is half full, when others may view it as half empty.  We often see people who have plenty of joint space left, even though they are told they need a knee replacement.  Quite often, these patients are candidates for Regenerative Therapy.

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Ian Beckles, Former NFL Player/ Radio Personality Treats Knee Pain with Dr. Lox

Ian Beckles Opts for Knee Pain Relief with Dr. Lox

Knee Pain Relief

Ian Beckles sought knee pain relief with Dr. Lox. Mr. Beckles, a former NFL player with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a prominent local media personality in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, has been a long standing patient of Dr. Dennis Lox, a Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Ian Beckles has had chronic knee pain, and has turned to stem cell treatment for many years. Dr. Lox was the Tampa Bay area’s first Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox is also recognized both Nationally and Internationally, as a Speaker on Sports and Regenerative Medicine, Stem Cell Science and Tissue Engineering. Ian Beckles an early advocate of stem cell applications for sports and orthopedic applications, knows first hand how injury from sports, especially a sports career can lead to degenerative arthritis problems down the road. Knee stem cell injections are being considered by not only athletes, but patients from all walks of life looking for knee pain relief and alternatives to knee surgery.

Ian Beckles Professional Football Player and Radio Personality

Ian Beckles knows first hand about sports injuries as a former professional football player. He has had lengthy discussions with Dr. Lox on the science of Regenerative Medicine, and stem cell science. Ian is very knowledgable about sports medicine, Regenerative Medicine, and stem cell treatments. As a radio personality he has a diverse background in sports injuries discussion and cutting edge sports medicine treatments.

Stem Cell Treatment 

knee stem cell treatment helps NFL player Ian Beckles

Ian Beckles discussing his stem cell therapy with Dr. Lox on 102.5.

Many patients are now confused by the assorted array of newly claiming stem cell experts arriving throughout the country. Ian Beckles has been willing to discuss his treatment with interested patients for many years. Ian Beckles has a unique perspective having been an elite professional athlete, and an individual concerned with maintaining his fitness in his retired career, and the science involved in Sports and Regenerative Medicine, and physical well being.  Turning to knee stem cell treatments as a means of obtaining knee pain relief was a natural fit for Ian, and as an alternative to knee surgery.

Dr. Dennis Lox practices Sports and Regenerative Medicine in the Tampa Bay, Florida area (727) 462-5582 and in Beverly Hills, California. (310) 975-7033

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Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Sees Dr. Lox for Shoulder Pain

Former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Sees Dr. Lox for Shoulder Pain 

Boxing Champion With Shoulder Pain

A former weight boxing champion with shoulder pain consulted Dennis M. Lox M.D. For shoulder stem cell injection for shoulder pain relief that interfered with his boxing training.  Athletes from all sports treat with Dr. Lox. The shoulder is common in not just boxers, but baseball players, tennis players, and weight lighters. Understanding the origin of the shoulder pain is key to the diagnosis of an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine such as Dr. Lox.  Dr. Lox has treated several boxers, and if their dominant hand is injured it is more concerning. This boxer was a leftie. Leftie’ or southpaws can often be ambidextrous. This means they can both left or right handed. When rehabilitating a boxer with stem cell therapy or Regenerative Medicine, the ability to train away from their injured shoulder is a benefit.  Shoulder surgery was not an option for him, so alternatives to shoulder surgery were very important.

Sports Training Exercises and Shoulder Pain

boxer has shoulder stem cell injectionMost boxers train full speed ahead. It is extremely important to send time with them to understand the nature of their injury, and how certain moves in boxing will aggravate the condition. Not only that, understanding their training regimen may involve exercises that the boxer views as helpful to his shoulder, but actually can damage it further. Thoroughly, examine the boxers training regimen is exceptionally important to troubleshoot areas which may not only impede progress, but may damage an injured shoulder segment further.

Stem Cell Injection and Stem Cell Therapy for Shoulder Pain


dr lox treats antonio tarver with shoulder stem cell injections.

Dr. Lox with Antonio Tarver, a Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion.

The professional boxer, was referred from another professional athlete, and he had a pretty good understanding on the procedure. It is a simple injection procedure placed where the expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine has determined where the trouble spot in your shoulder is. A question often asked is what if there are more than one area of injury? This does occur especially with a damaged arthritic joint. Several injections can be delivered to the most injured areas, and luckily are stem cells are very smart. They are sophisticated repair cells which home via surface receptors to damaged areas. The human body is quite sophisticated, even when it comes to stem cells. Elite athletes are considering stem cell injection for shoulder pain as an alternative to shoulder surgery.

Exercises For Shoulder Pain

There are mainly shoulder exercises, quite often patients are doing them wrong for their shoulder injury. This is where an expert such as Dennis M. Lox M.D. can be of vital assistance to eliminate potential injurious exercises, add safe exercise, and develop a one on one plan structured to the athletes needs, desires, and goals. Professional athletes often work hard, and even overdo it. Exercise,modification is the key. This can be in concert with the athletes trainer and the doctor. A skilled doctor with expertise in the sport, such as boxing will be able to make modifications to the injured shoulder segment, yet continue to condition the elite athlete in other ways.   Elite athletes and boxing world champions like to help heal the body by itself, an appealing alternative to shoulder surgery.

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Igor the Siberian Tiger Gets Hip Stem Cell Treatment

Igor the Siberian Tiger Gets Hip Stem Cell Treatment 

Hip Stem Cell Treatment

 If it’s good enough for my patients and myself, hip stem cell treatment should be good enough for Igor the Tiger, and it was. Dennis M. Lox MD. has lectured internationally on the science of Regenerative Medicine and stem cell scientific applications. Igor was a Siberian tiger in a Hungarian zoo. Like many humans, hip arthritis can impair full sports ability. In this case, Igor the Tiger could not jump into his favorite tree due to his hip pain.
Hip stem cell injection may be an alternative to hip replacement surgery.  On April 18, 2018, Igor the Siberian tiger received his first hip joint stem cell treatment at the Hungarian zoo. Igor, a 13 year old Siberian tiger, was the first case of a hip stem cell injection into a tiger. Igor recovered quickly, and the measurement of success was the Tigers ability to leap into the tree in his exhibit. Initially, the goal was to alleviate the Tigers hip pain, and lead a more comfortable life. However the tiger’s ability to leap into a tree again, reaffirmed the stem cell treatment had indeed repaired the tigers hip enough to perform a sporting activity. This is just like an athlete that opts for stem cell treatment for sports performance.

tiger with hip pain receives stem cell treatment

Siberian tiger receives hip stem cell injection.

Athletes & Animals Are Not Placebo Responders’

Though stem cell treatments are more commonly used on adults, veterinarian medicine has used stem cell therapy to treat animals longer than humans. Indeed, there is a long history of stem cell applications in racing horses. Improving the health of a valued racing horse is very important. Dr. Lox states in his lectures, you can’t make a lame horse run faster with placebo. Likewise, athletes are typically resistant to placebo. A world class sprinter with a hamstring tear will not run faster with placebo. This is where Regenerative Medicine and stem cell treatment science really makes sense. If Regenerative Medicine is in essence, helping the body to heal itself through innate healing responses and stem cells, if no healing takes place than a race horse, elite sprinter or even a Siberian tiger would not improve. Sometimes complicated science can be straightforwardly simple. Look no further than Igor the Siberian tiger.

Hip Stem Cell Injection

Hip stem cell injection is a simple same day procedure. It is no different than having a cortisone injection into your hip. The only difference is what is in the syringe. The temporary effect of the cortisone, or the regenerative capacity of the stem cells. When injecting humans, we use their own cells. This is not 100% pure stem cells, but a mixture of cells, growth factors, and blood cells. The only way to have pure stem cells is to grow them in culture which is not available in the United States for orthopedic purposes, as this is classified as a drug. There are several problems with growing stem cells in cultures to greater numbers as a drug, most notable it ages the stem cell. The other is impairment of the stem cells natural homing capacity.  Hip stem cell injections may be an alternative to hip replacement surgery.  All in all with healthy adults and Siberian tigers, Mother Nature knows best.

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