Athletes with Avascular Necrosis: New Options with Stem Cells

Athletes with Avascular Necrosis: New Options with Stem Cells

Athletes with Avascular Necrosis: New Options with Stem Cells

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Los Angeles, California

Dr. Dennis Lox has treated many patients with Avascular Necrosis (AVN) and stem cells. Dr. Lox an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine has utilized stem cell therapy in difficult situations for both athletes and non-athletes, diagnosed with Avascular Necrosis commonly abbreviated as AVN. Patients from as far away as Canada have traveled to Los Angeles, California, and Europe to Florida to see Dr. Lox for stem cell treatment with AVN.

AVN occurs when the blood supply to a region of bone is disrupted, leading to bone cell death or necrosis. This is similar in mechanism to a heart attack only instead of heart muscle dying it is a region of bone. In athletes the most common cause is a the result of trauma. There are many other causes including an unknown or idiopathic origin, excessive use of cortisone medications, excessive alcohol usage, and certain disease states like Lupus. Dr. Lox has seen many of the rarer causative factors leading to Avascular Necrosis (AVN). There is also other names to describe this condition, which can be confusing as well. These include osteonecrosis, ischemic necrosis, aseptic necrosis and bone infarction.

The significant issue with AVN is when a region of bone dies or becomes necrotic it may collapse, leading to a rapid degeneration of the joint affected. This is the worst scenario for an athlete. AVN has derailed many professional athletes careers, the most famous being Bo Jackson. The most common joint affected is the hip, followed by the shoulder and knee. AVN can also occur in multiple joints.

Athletes are especially complicated because they wish to return to sport. Some sports are harsh on the afflicted AVN region. For example the hip, knee and ankle are problematic for all running or load bearing sports. Often orthopedic surgical options are limited to recommendations to wait and see what happens with no sports, micro-fracture (drilling wells into the bone), joint replacement or even fusion in some cases. New techniques not widely available include fibular vascular grafts. Both grafts and micro-fracture are associated with significant downtime.

Regenerative Medicine and stem cell therapy offer a new option for athletes without the pain and prolonged recovery of surgery. Athletes are looking for options to return to sport, faster recovery, and avoid surgical procedures that would prevent return to their chosen sport. Bo Jackson ultimately had hip replacement surgery. He played one more season of professional baseball, but did not return to professional football.

Not all cases are alike. Dr. Lox takes an individualized approach to each patient. Brett Favre was diagnosed with hip AVN, but continued to play a lengthy professional football career. Others were not as lucky. Dr. Lox has treated successfully many different types of athletes with AVN, and of numerous regions of the lower and upper extremity with stem cell therapy. Dr. Lox has successfully gotten athletes back to sport, avoid surgical recommendations that would have ended their chosen sports career, and even had them go onto get college scholarships.

Though Avascular Necrosis often seems overwhelming when it is first diagnosed, there are factors which are favorable for success with Regenerative Medicine and Stem cell therapy, early detection, and treatment are helpful. Younger athletes pose greater difficulty when considering surgical options such as joint replacement. This is also why athletes find options such as stem cell therapy more appealing. They say winning isn’t everything, but to an athlete having the chance to return to their sport is very important.

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. www.drlox.com | info@drlox.com

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A Gymnast goes for College Scholarship after Wrist Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

A Gymnast goes for College Scholarship after Wrist Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

A Gymnast goes for College Scholarship after Wrist Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

A gymnast who injured her wrist failed to improve. She sought consultation with Dr. Dennis Lox a stem cell expert. Her story for a teen athlete was not comforting. She envisioned herself getting a college scholarship in gymnastics.

Her story began with an injury to her wrist while in the course of a gymnastic routine. Thinking it would resolve with time, she instituted the usual sports medicine principles of rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medications. However, she kept having wrist pain and couldn’t resume gymnastic participation. She eventually had wrist surgery. This did not alleviate her wrist pain. A second wrist surgery was then performed. Again she continued to complain of wrist pain, and the inability to return to gymnastics. Failing to improve after two wrist surgeries the Orthopaedic hand surgeon felt there was nothing further to offer her, and recommended she not return to gymnastics. This was not what her and her family desired. They researched alternative treatment strategies, and found Dr. Lox and stem cell therapy. Dr. Lox has helped other injured athletes return to their chosen sport, and go onto obtain a collegiate sports scholarship. This was not a new situation, and Dr. Lox understood the frustration, and the desire to return the gymnast to her chosen sport, and thus try and obtain her goals. Athletes are often extremely goal oriented, helping them achieve their goals is a rewarding experience.

A few short months after her first wrist stem cell treatment she reported 92% improvement. Excellent, however for a gymnast 8% pain in a wrist still can affect performance. This may be enough that they will not be able to compete at their highest level, or outperform another competitor. This may be the difference in obtaining a college athletic scholarship. Dr. Lox and the patient elected to add an additional treatment measure, and at the next scheduled appointment with Dr. Lox she reported 100% pain relief. At this juncture she has returned to gymnastic competition, and is hopeful to achieve her goals. She is thankful she is now in a position to at least try and obtain her goals and compete.

Dr. Lox notes treating athletes with stem cell therapy should be performed with an individualized approach tailored to each patients needs, goals, expectations, and sport. Dr. Lox has utilized stem cell therapy in professional athletes with wrist pain as well. By using this type of patient oriented treatment approach the possible outcomes may be realized.

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. www.drlox.com | info@drlox.com

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Doctor States he is Perfect After Ankle Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

Doctor States he is Perfect After Ankle Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

Doctor States he is Perfect After Ankle Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

Dr. Dennis Lox has treated numerous physicians with stem cell therapy for a variety of orthopedic and sports problems, including ankles. A Pediatrician suffering from chronic ankle pain sought the care of Dr. Dennis Lox, after researching ankle stem cells and hearing of Dr. Lox’s reputation. Dr. Lox has treated difficult ankle cases where their is seemingly no answer except considering ankle fusion. This prospect of ankle fusion surgery often leads patients to seek alternative treatment options, including stem cell therapy. Knees and hips are more commonly replaced, ankles are more complex and ankle replacement often fails, leading to recommendations for ankle fusion instead. Ankle fusion results in an abnormal walking pattern placing extra stress and wear and tear on other joints or the spine.

Dr. Lox treated this physician, a pediatric specialist with ankle stem cells as he did not want an ankle fusion. The pediatrician was delighted to consider an alternative treatment strategy besides surgery to his ankle. Stem cell therapy for the ankle is not associated with a recovery period as surgery would require, and does not require physical therapy, crutches or even pain pills following the stem cell treatment.

The optimal goal would be to repair or a regenerative healing effect which halts or reverses the ankle damage. Typically the hallmark of degenerative arthritis is the progressive nature of the disorder. Therefore halting progression or reversing this even to a slight degree is extremely important considering the option of an irreversible ankle fusion surgery.

This pediatric physician was so elated one year after his ankle stem cell therapy he proclaimed to Dr. Lox he was now perfect. Indeed high praise coming from a medical doctor. Understanding the exact science of stem cells and Regenerative Medicine, is a bit more complicated. However, the science is truly fascinating. The research being done in so many medical fields with stem cells and Regenerative Medicine is truly amazing.

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. www.drlox.com | info@drlox.com

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A Virginia Woman looking for Stem Cells In Germany Finds Dr. Lox

A Virginia Woman looking for Stem Cells In Germany Finds Dr. Lox

A Virginia Woman looking for Stem Cells In Germany Finds Dr. Lox

Dr. Lox receives inquires from around the world regarding stem cell therapy, and has treated many international patients.

One hip stem cell patient from outside the Washington D.C. area in Virginia, is well known and very dear to Dr. Lox. He has known her and her husband for years. Even visiting her home in the Virginia countryside. She is originally from Germany and keeps a home there. Her and her husband thought if they were spending an extended stay in Germany perhaps they could get a tuneup stem cell treatment near them in Germany. Much to her surprise and delight she found her beloved alma mater University in Germany advertising Dr. Lox’s name “as a world famous stem cell therapist” . She relayed this information to her family internist and Dr. Lox.

Dr. Lox has lectured internationally on various stem cell and Regenerative Medicine topics.

He has found his writings on post from England to New Zealand. The Internet seems to have a mind of its own, except search engines and now social media propel information to places once unimaginable. As English has become somewhat of the universal language scientific papers on stem cells are posted real time on the Internet. Even Chinese papers are printed in both Chinese and English. Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Conferences are spoken in English at all major conferences to encourage international participation. Dr. Lox has lectured, had English abstracts accepted, and attended Conferences spoken in English in China, Turkey, Italy and Spain to name a few. Dr. Lox has also lectured with some of the most acclaimed Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell researchers in the world. Dr. Lox remains very passionate about his field of medicine, and providing the best individualized care for each patient.

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. www.drlox.com | info@drlox.com

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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

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 get 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. www.drlox.com | info@drlox.com

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1 Year After Knee Stem Therapy with Dr. Lox, Patient Deems it Success

1 Year After Knee Stem Therapy with Dr. Lox, Patient Deems it Success

1 Year After Knee Stem Therapy with Dr. Lox, Patient Deems it Success

A year after receiving knee stem cell therapy with Dr. Dennis Lox, a 59 year old woman simply said thank you. Her story was more interesting. A year before she couldn’t walk any great distance without severe knee pain. She felt like crying over her situation as her doctors told her the only option was having both knees totally replaced. She commented if I had never met Dr. Lox, I would have done the knee replacement surgery. She researched alternative therapies, arriving at stem cell therapy, and concluded that Dr. Dennis Lox a world renown stem cell expert was the doctor she choose.

She had a traditional improvement pattern following stem cell therapy over several months. She continued to see improvement in her functional level and diminished knee pain. At the year mark after her stem cell therapy, she was extremely pleased she opted for stem cell therapy and not two knee replacement surgeries.

Dr. Lox notes, knees are the most commonly treated joint with stem cells.

Dr. Lox has treated nearly every imaginable joint, from injury to arthritis. It is also Dr. Lox’s diversity in patients from professional Football and Baseball players, Ballerinas, concert pianists, and to 90 year olds, that has resulting in his experience, and better understanding of the science and art of medicine.

Dr. Lox has authored scientific articles and abstracts, edited two Medical Textbooks, written eight medical textbook chapters, and lectures internationally on Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy. Dr. Lox maintains an active Sports and Regenerative Medicine practice in Beverly Hills, California and the Tampa Bay, Florida area.

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. www.drlox.com | info@drlox.com

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A Virginia Woman looking for Stem Cells In Germany Finds Dr. Lox

A Virginia Woman looking for Stem Cells In Germany Finds Dr. Lox

A Virginia Woman looking for Stem Cells In Germany Finds Dr. Lox

Dr. Lox receives inquires from around the world regarding stem cell therapy, and has treated many international patients.

One hip stem cell patient from outside the Washington D.C. area in Virginia, is well known and very dear to Dr. Lox. He has known her and her husband for years. Even visiting her home in the Virginia countryside. She is originally from Germany and keeps a home there. Her and her husband thought if they were spending an extended stay in Germany perhaps they could get a tuneup stem cell treatment near them in Germany. Much to her surprise and delight she found her beloved alma mater University in Germany advertising Dr. Lox’s name “as a world famous stem cell therapist” . She relayed this information to her family internist and Dr. Lox.

Dr. Lox has lectured internationally on various stem cell and Regenerative Medicine topics.

He has found his writings on post from England to New Zealand. The Internet seems to have a mind of its own, except search engines and now social media propel information to places once unimaginable. As English has become somewhat of the universal language scientific papers on stem cells are posted real time on the Internet. Even Chinese papers are printed in both Chinese and English. Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Conferences are spoken in English at all major conferences to encourage international participation. Dr. Lox has lectured, had English abstracts accepted, and attended Conferences spoken in English in China, Turkey, Italy and Spain to name a few. Dr. Lox has also lectured with some of the most acclaimed Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell researchers in the world. Dr. Lox remains very passionate about his field of medicine, and providing the best individualized care for each patient.

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Wushu Martial Artist has Knee Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

Wushu Martial Artist has Knee Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

Wushu Martial Artist has Knee Stem Cells with Dr. Lox

Dr. Lox has treated many different types of athletes with stem cells. Including martial artists. In one week he saw a Wushu (an early version of Bruce Lee’s style before Jeet Kung Do) martial artist, a multi-disciplined martial artist now specializing in Kung Fu, and an Akido Black belt (Steven Segal’s Discipline).

All were highly disciplined life long students of martial arts with unique injuries that sought out Dr. Lox for stem cell therapy. The Wushu artist was not your typical martial artist seeking stem cells for an injury. He was a true old school master and 80 years old. He reminded Dr. Lox of one of the old masters from the television series Kung Fu with David Carradine. His knee was now bothering him from degenerative arthritis. Not atypical for an 80 year old, or someone who has partaken in physical sports for decades. Of special interest was his knee examination. His shins were scarred almost appearing as though he had previous surgery. He had not. It turned out rather than kick trees, as Jean Claude Van Damme did in his movie Kickboxer, training in Thailand for a Muai Tai tournament. This patient hit himself for decades with sticks to toughen his shins. One look at his hands showed another tell tale sign Dr. Lox has seen often, his knuckles were enlarged and calloused. Indicative of board breaking and other hand striking over a long duration. This patient was a delight in knowledge, and as a physically well conditioned athlete irrespective of age.

He had done his research on Dr. Lox and had found that Dr. Lox was highly recommended by some people he knew for stem cell treatments. He opted to undergo knee stem cell therapy with Dr. Lox. He said afterwards it was simple and he felt great. To prove his point he proceeded to show Dr. Lox and his staff he still could do the splits, and he did so 5 minutes after having his knees injected. Never judge a book by its cover.

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. www.drlox.com | info@drlox.com

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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?

Press Release
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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