Teen Canadian with Hip AVN Flies to Beverly Hills, California

Teen Canadian with Hip AVN Flies to Beverly Hills, California To Treat with Dr. Lox

Teen Canadian with Hip AVN Flies to Beverly Hills, California To Treat with Dr. Lox

A teenager, who developed post traumatic Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the hip, consulted Dr. Dennis Lox after his family was confounded that there was no option offered except wait till his hip fell apart and get a total hip replacement. This was not acceptable to him or his family, and after researching stem cell therapy. They decided to fly from Canada to treat with Dr. Lox at his Beverly Hills, California office.

Dr. Lox explained the entire process, the process of AVN, and stem cell and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Lox has treated many young and older patients both athletes with post traumatic Avascular Necrosis (AVN) and AVN that arises from other etiologies. Dr. Lox has had several younger patients with post traumatic AVN return to their sport and gets college scholarships after receiving stem cell therapy.

Avascular Necrosis (AVN) arises when blood flow to a region of bone is disrupted (avascular or ischemia) leading to bone cell death (necrosis). This area of necrotic bone may collapse leading to a rapid degeneration of the bone or severe arthritis. This often leads to a recommendation for total joint replacement. Often this results in seeking alternatives to this, and researching stem cell treatments. This is especially more significantly an issue in young patients, or athletes desiring to return to their chosen sport. Young patients who undergo hip or other joint replacement therapy will wear their prosthetic joint out at a young age and lead to another joint replacement. This occurs while still at a relatively young age resulting in lack of options eventually except fusion of the joint. This is unpalatable to young patients and athletes. Athletes who undergo joint replacement often cannot return to their chosen sport. The legendary Professional football and baseball player Bo Jackson developed hip AVN after being tackled in a football game. He never returned to professional football, but did return to play professional baseball for one year.

Dr. Lox notes that patients are fascinated with Regenerative Medicine and knowledge of stem cells and applications towards medicine. Nearly all major Universities have Regenerative Medicine and stem cell research departments. There are still countries where stem cell treatments are not available and the proximity of the United States to Canada makes treatment easier.

If your in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.

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Knee Pain and Stem Cells: What does the future look like?

Knee Pain and Stem Cells: What does the future look like?

Knee Pain and Stem Cells: What does the future look like?

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Los Angeles, California

Medicine is constantly changing. The same is true for stem cell science and Regenerative Medicine in general. The knee has arguably been given the most attention in musculoskeletal and sports medicine as it relates to stem cell treatments.

Dr. Dennis Lox an expert in Regenerative Medicine and stem cell therapy comments that some of the current concepts considered new treatments are actually rooted in older techniques or has been around for a long time.

Stem cell transplantation has been refined since bone marrow transplants in the 1960’s for leukemia. No longer does a patient need a donor and immunosuppressive drugs with serious side effects. The patient’s own stem cells may be used, a technique referred to as autologous therapy.

Decades ago cartilage cells from a patient’s own knee were harvested and grown in a lab to greater numbers. Inherent flaws with this technique known as autologous Chondrocyte implantation, led to cartilage overgrowth in some cases, and an aging effect of the lab grown cells rendering their use limited to basically patients under 50.

Similar aging effects can occur with lab grown autologous stem cells. Now the FDA restricts this process considering it a non-approved drug therapy. Utilizing the patient’s own knee stem cells the same day without laboratory modification is not considered a drug and is allowed currently in the United States. Dr. Lox who practices in the Tampa Bay, Florida area and Beverly Hills, California states that different rules in different countries may dictate what type of stem cell procedure a patient has. Dr. Lox has treated numerous patients from Canada and the United Kingdom where their health care system is different and using the patient’s own stem cells to treat their own knees or another joint is not allowed.

A decade ago many athletes were turning towards Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for sports injuries. Famous athletes such as Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriquez and Kobe Bryant were in the news for using PRP. Now famous athletes are in the news for using stem cells for reported improved healing time and repair of injured tissue.

Dr. Lox has stated even more serious career ending injuries such as Avascular Necrosis may be treated with stem cells, not just meniscus tears, or degenerative arthritis. Many patients with knee arthritis wish to avoid a total knee replacement, and Dr. Lox reports that a frequent request for stem cells is to avoid knee replacement surgery.

Now, Regenerative technology has incorporated research that has been used in various other fields for treatment of the knee. Scaffolds seeded with stem cells from a variety of sources are being used and studied. Cells from Perinatal origins (Cord blood, umbilical tissue, amniotic fluid) are being used. 3-D bio-printing is also being studied to make new cartilage for grafting. The future is bright for improvement in the field of Regenerative Medicine in sports and musculoskeletal disorders. Not only is finding ways to help heal our bodies, and improve athletic performance as we age important to many individuals with knee and other joint complaints, the emergence of preventive and Regenerative Medicine will find an audience as more people understand the role of trauma and the development of degenerative osteoarthritis.

Contact Dr. Lox at www.drlox.com or Call Toll Free 844-440-8503

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Stem Cell Expert Opens California Office

Stem Cell Expert Opens California Office

Stem Cell Expert Opens California Office

Dr. Dennis Lox a world renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine physician, and early stem cell pioneer has opened an office in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Lox began seeing patients in Beverly Hills, California in 2014 utilizing his vast experience in the use of Regenerative Medicine and stem cells. Dr. Lox has been practicing in the Tampa Bay, Florida metro area since 1990. Always an advocate of sports and preventative medicine, Dr. Lox has help treat professional athletes in numerous sports, collegiate and high school athletes helping them attain college scholarships, and weekend warriors.

An avid multi-sport athlete Dr. Lox knows the challenges athletes and patients in pain continue to face when traditional medicine is not working. Regenerative Medicine and the utilization of stem cells has blossomed in recent years, where now nearly every major university is involved in stem cell research and clinical trials.

Dr. Lox has a keen interest in the management of not only arthritis in aging athletes, but helping patients keep higher levels of function and quality of life in later in life.

Dr. Lox has also helped patients in need and less fortunate from other countries where stem cells are not available. Often patients are unaware of the availability of stem cells in the United States. Contrary to popular notions, the Vatican supports stem cell research just not embryonic. Patients from Canada and the United Kingdom due not have access to stem cells in their countries, in part due to their national health care. Every week Dr. Lox receives inquires from around the world in reference to stem cells for knees, hips, shoulders, wrist, ankles, and a variety of other sports and arthritic problems.

Dr. Lox may be reached at Drlox.com or (310) 387-6847 and (727) 462-5582.

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Dr.Lox discussed MVP Detroit Tiger Pitcher Denny McLain

Dr.Lox discussed MVP Detroit Tiger Pitcher Denny McLain and Cy Young award winner with Ron Diaz and JP

Dr.Lox discussed MVP Detroit Tiger Pitcher Denny McLain and Cy Young award winner with Ron Diaz and JP

Pitching has changed over the years. Denny McLain was the last MLB pitcher to win 30 games. He won 31 in 1968, And no one has come close to this achievement. Denny was named the MVP and won the Cy Young Award that year. He is now older and his arthritis and rotator cuff disease has worsened. Denny has talked to Dr. Dennis Lox for several years about stem cell therapy options. Denny was a close friend of Detroit hockey legend Gordie Howe who eventually went to Mexico seeking care after
a debilitating stroke. Howe admitted he made significant progress after undergoing stem cell therapy before he passed in 2016.

JP has been a patient of Dr. Lox and he is functionally at a much greater level and sports participation has drastically improved. Ron Diaz is now contemplating stem cell therapy for his arm ailments in the future. The success of football hall of famer Derrick Brooks stem cell treatment on his wrist and now his knee by Dr. Dennis Lox has motivated the sports radio personalities to keep up as their golf game is suffering as Derrick Brooks keeps improving.

If your in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.

 

 

 

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A Patient From LA with wrist injury

A Patient From LA with wrist injury treats with Dr. Lox for Stem Cell Therapy

A Patient From LA with wrist injury treats with Dr. Lox for Stem Cell Therapy

A patient with wrist cartilage tear consults Dr. Dennis Lox for stem cell therapy.

After sustaining a left wrist injury a 30 year old male investigated stem cell treatment with Dr. Dennis Lox, a world renown expert in the field of stem cell therapy.

Dr. Lox explained to the patient how he had recently treated Hall of fame professional football linebacker Derrick Brooks for a similar injury.

The patient opted to undergo stem cell therapy with Dr. Dennis Lox at his Beverly Hills, California office. Stem cells are reparative cells as well as modulator regulators for the immune system.

The reparative capacity for stem cells for certain injuries is unique in medicine. Traditional drug therapy cannot replicate the complexity of the reparative nature and cellular signaling that stem cells can accomplish. If we had stem cells in our joints in abundance we would not develop osteoarthritis or wear and tear arthritis. However, with advancement in science we can now utilize stem cell therapy to overcome some of the differences of the past in which we were told to just live with the pain or get our joints replaced or fused. These are particularly unsuitable for younger athletic patients, but even those aged in their 50’s through 90’s wish to continue with quality of life and diminished pain. All reasonable goals and certainly worthwhile to pursue.

Wrist Stem Cell Injection is an alternative to Wrist surgery in these situations may call upon options for regenerative medicine procedures. Regenerative medicine encompasses a variety of realms in which the primary aim is to apply an emphasis on repair of tissue rather than yield to the timetable of natural degeneration or Wrist joint arthritis.

Repair may manifest in many ways including attempts to stop or alter the inflammatory process that on a cellular and structural level is where degeneration begins. Previous drug based therapies were ineffective in halting this progression towards joint wear and tear. Prior trauma is a significant risk factor for the future development of arhtritis. The local cellular responses that occur after initial joint trauma are being studied to develop initial treatment responses that may alter this progression from the beginning, effectively changing joint destiny. Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy are being pursued by athletes in acute injuries, people suffering from chronic Wrist problems and arthritis or as an alternative to surgery.

If your in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.

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A patient with Knee Arthritis in Los Angeles

A patient with Knee Arthritis in Los Angeles treats with Stem Cells

A patient with Knee Arthritis in Los Angeles treats with Stem Cells

Knee arthritis or osteoarthritis is the the second most common ailment, behind low back pain and the common cold. A 73 year old women suffering from knee pain for years decided to due her own homework. She didn’t want both of her knees replaced as recommended by several orthopedic surgeons. She decided to due her own research and concluded Dr. Dennis Lox a world renown stem cell physician was her best choice for alternative non-surgical care.

She elected to proceed with stem cell therapy for both her knees with Dr. Lox at his Beverly Hills, California office. The procedure had her worried the night before, affecting her sleep. However, shortly after treating with Dr. Lox her fears wear allayed. The procedure was simple. Their is no no recovery, post procedure therapy, no pain pills. She literally stated she worried for nothing.

This is not atypical for patients. Stem cells still seem too new or futuristic. This creates anxiety. When the procedure is completed in 2-3 hours, most everyone concurs it is simple. This patient was no different, and was elated at the ease of the knee stem cell therapy. She was was so excited she took many of Dr. Dennis Lox’s Beverly Hills, California and Tampa Bay, Florida office cards to share with her friends.

Obviously goals do not always meet everyone’s expectations, therefore reasonable goals for those with degenerative arthritis must be obtained. Preventing loss of function, reducing pain, stiffness, and swelling are reasonable goals. Combining this with repairing the degenerative pathway that occurs inside the joint at the cellular level provides a step in this direction. Medicine has moved towards a new frontier. Treatment and research have been directed to cellular mechanisms. Chemicals such as cytokines and chemokines are targeted for altering specific negative functions or enhancing positive functions. Genes, DNA, and transcription of proteins have altered the way medicine approaches repair of knee pathology.

Dr. Dennis Lox is a Regenerative Medicine specialist who focuses on the way new therapies can be utilized to more effectively treat disorders that were previously thought to be untreatable. Dr. Lox states patients were often given palliative medications, therapy, or even surgical recommendations for these type of problems without hope of modifying their outcome. The field of Regenerative Medicine provides cutting edge treatment options for problems that were offered little hope in the past. By combining Regenerative Medicine with rehabilitation strategies such as biomechanical knee joint stress modifications, the paradigm of waiting for your knee to further fall apart so then you can have knee joint replacement may be avoided.

If your in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.

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Wrestler from New Jersey with AVN of the Hip

Wrestler from New Jersey with AVN of the Hip, Returns to See Dr. Lox 2 Years Later

Wrestler from New Jersey with AVN of the Hip, Returns to See Dr. Lox 2 Years Later

A New Jersey wrestler who developed post traumatic Avascular necrosis (AVN) of the hip at the age age of 14, consulted Dr. Dennis Lox an expert in stem cell treatment for athletes with Avascular necrosis (AVN). Dr. Lox was selected by the the patients mother after a vigorous vetting for the best doctor to treat her son. She had been told the only option for her son was a total hip replacement surgery. She was adamantly opposed to this. She contacted Dr. Lox and began a dialogue for the use of stem cells in the treatment of her son. The ability to return to a hard edge sport such as wrestling was secondary, to getting him off crutches and reducing his pain. After a lengthy consultation, the family flew from New Jersey to Florida to consult with Dr. Dennis Lox.

They opted on hip stem cell therapy for his avascular necrosis (AVN).

2 years later the patient is graduating from high school a year early, and has become a fitness aficionado to rival Jack LaLanne. He is a incredible example of the success a human can put forth into their active role in health care and post procedural excellence.

The hip joint is the largest joint in the human body. The joint allows for a wide range of motion, while still supporting the weight of the body. Hip Pain can sometimes be caused by diseases and conditions in other areas of your body, such as your lower back or your knees.

The hip is a ball and socket joint, where the thigh bone (femur) ends with a rounded projection or ball (femoral head), which fits into the socket (acetabulum) of the pelvic girdle. Both the ball and socket are lined with cartilage, a cushioning tissue. The joint is sealed inside a tough synovial capsule, which contains lubricating fluid to further aid smooth motion. The ball is anchored firmly into the socket with tough connective tissue called ligaments. The muscles of the legs overlay these ligaments.

Hip Stem Cell Results is a common question and they are unique for each individual. There are many factors to take in to account, such as age, health, type of injury and the activities you do. Dr. Dennis Lox at the Sports and Regenerative Medicine Centers will discuss with you what you can expect based on your needs.

If your in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.

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Chronic Knee Pain Still Gone 4 years after Knee Stem Cell Treatment

Chronic Knee Pain Still Gone 4 years after Knee Stem Cell Treatment

Chronic Knee Pain Still Gone 4 years after Knee Stem Cell Treatment

Dr. Dennis Lox an expert in knee stem cell treatment, followed a patient at the 4 year anniversary of his knee stem cell treatment. He readily stated his knee stem cell therapy was a overwhelming success. He was a multi-sport athlete who began having progressive knee pain, declining functional level and eventual inability to play his preferred sports. Actually playing his preferred sports was not even an option 4 years earlier when he consulted Dr. Lox for knee stem cell treatment. His condition had deteriorated to the point knee osteoarthritis had significantly damaged his knee joint. He had been told a knee joint replacement would be in the future. Therefore at that time, his sights for improvement were focused on pain and walking, not return to advanced sports participation. After his knee stem cell treatment, Dr. Lox guided him with specific recommendations for his lifestyle and personal goals.

Over a course of 6 months his improvement was so markedly noticed, he began to return to running and then skiing. Both running and skiing require knee agility and subject the knee to great stress. Stressing a bad knee that has undergone knee stem cell therapy is like balancing a tightrope. A skill set best guided by an experienced stem cell expert who has seen all sizes, shapes, ages, severity, and sports to which these variables will apply to the regeneration and rehabilitation of a bad knee joint.

Alternative strategies such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy have been advocated as approaches to knee joint arthritis. Dr. Lox notes that Regenerative treatments focus on healing and repair at the cellular level where joint breakdown and inflammation begin. There are many factors which facilitate joint breakdown as well as factors enhancing joint repair. Knowledge of these processes, coupled with PRP and Stem Cell Therapy can provide an alternative to future knee joint replacement when you are told you are not quite bad enough yet.

If you’re in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.

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Knee AVN doing well after Stem Cell Therapy

Knee AVN doing well after Stem Cell Therapy

Knee AVN doing well after Stem Cell Therapy

A year after stem cell therapy for knee AVN, the patient is doing very well. This patient noted diminished pain, improved function and walking. Overall a better quality of life was reported.

Knee pain is a common orthopaedic problem. Avascular necrosis (AVN) occurs when the blood supply to a region of bone becomes impaired. This loss of blood supply results in ischemia leading to bone cell death or necrosis. This is commonly called avascular necrosis (AVN), though many other names have been used to describe the same condition.

AVN has been also called osteonecrosis, ischemic necrosis, aseptic necrosis and bone infarction.

AVN is most commonly seen in the hip, followed by the shoulder, then the knee joint. AVN may be seen in one joint or multiple joints depending upon associated or causative factors. The hip is the most common joint to be seen bilateral or in both hips. It can also present as hip and knee involvement, or multiple other joints.

Trauma is the leading cause of knee AVN. Another leading cause of AVN is idiopathic or unknown etiologies. Other associated or causative factors include excessive corticosteroids (cortisone), autoimmune disorders (Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis), radiation therapy, chemotherapy, excessive alcohol use, sickle cell disease, decompression sickness, coagulation disorders, Vasculitis, lipid storage disease, and AIDS.

Traumatic AVN may be seen shortly after an injury, however diagnosis may be delayed as with trauma pain occurs and it not immediately suspected until healing does not occur in a timely fashion. If AVN is not promptly evaluated or the area of necrosis is large, the greater chance of the necrotic portion of bone may collapse leading to rapid joint degeneration. This secondary degeneration is the most feared complication of the initial diagnosis of AVN.

The rationale for stem cell therapy with knee AVN is to retard secondary degeneration or promote a healing cascade via a variety of mechanisms.

Patients are also seeking stem cell therapy in cases of knee AVN as an alternative to knee joint replacement surgery. In fact stem cell therapy is becoming a more frequent request for patients who wish to avoid all knee surgery, or who have not found the success they desire after already having had knee surgery. These patients are opting for knee stem cell treatment instead.

The possibility of diminished knee pain, improvement in function, walking, daily activities or sports participation all are part of the equation in factoring knee stem cell options.

The possibility of avoiding knee replacement surgery is a very frequent consideration, especially for patients with knee AVN.

If you’re in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.

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