The popular Ron and JP sports radio show on iheart featured MLB hall of fame pitcher Denny McLain and Dennis M. Lox on a interesting topic of stem cell treatments, sports medicine, and how the sport of baseball has changed.
The Expendable Athlete
Sports has changes. Competition is stiff to make it to Major League Baseball. Salaries are exorbitant compared to yesteryear. This has led teens to pitch more at a younger age, throw more, leading to more injuries, more shoulder and Tommy John elbow surgery. No one will ever pitch enough with current rotations to rest major league pitchers to match Denny McLain’s 1968 30 win season. Many pitchers who have surgery never make it back after shoulder and elbow surgery. Some have stellar careers, while others never get back to top form. The average length of pitching after returning to the professional pitching after shoulder or elbow Tommy John surgery is 100 innings. Therefore, even those that make it back to the major leagues, don’t last long typically.
Sports Medicine and Stem Cell Treatment
For a while it seems only the athletes were getting Regenerative Therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell treatments to not just their shoulders, for rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, and glenoid labral tears they were in the news. Kobe Bryant or Peyton Maning in Germany. Then more reports other other elite athletes Tiger Woods, and Rafael Nadal had knee stem cell treatment. It may have seemed liked just athletes were getting stem cells and Regenerative Medicine, but every day people from all walks of life were getting in the United States. It just didn’t make the news the way the top elites did. Stem cell treatments for variety of sports and musculoskeletal orthopedic conditions were being treated in the Inited States for over a decade. Dennis M. Lox M.D., an early pioneer in the field has been treating sports and orthopedic conditions for decades. Dr. Lox began using Regenerative Medicine and stem cell treatments about 10 years ago. He has amassed great knowledge treating athletes from a variety of sports from a Ballerina’s toe to a, neck of a weightlifter. Top to bottom. Not only this, athletes and patients alike are all different. They come in different sizes shapes and have different needs and goals that are all important to understanding how to individualize treatment to that patient. There is no cookie cutter approach to humans. They are diverse and must be treated according to what is best for that patient. Only with such an approach can the best care be provided. Dr. Lox is passionate about his and strives for this with every patient.
Getting an Expert is Important
The need for a well trained experienced medical doctor who is a specialist in Regenerative Medicine is very important. Many people are claiming they are stem cell doctors now that the public has heard about it. The problem is some have little training, and some are chiropractors hiring nurse practitioners, and physicians assistants to do the procedures for them, as chiropractors do not have a license to inject a patient or perform medical procedures. Chiropractors are great at what they went to school for, and I have great respect for the many good ones who help patients with what they were trained to do.
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