65 Year Old Obstacle Course Racer with Shoulder Pain
The MRI revealed a glenoid labral tear and a tear of the long head of the biceps. He was told he needed surgery to repair his shoulder, but there were no guarantees at his age, and he might not return to sports with his shoulder. Oh, and by the way, it may lead to a shoulder replacement surgery sooner.
This caused him to research options, and he found Dennis M. Lox M.D. a Sports and Regenerative Medicine expert. His goal was to return to obstacle course races. The kind you see on TV shows like Titan and American Gladiator. Not your routine jogging or golf. Much more shoulder intense, and abusive.
Dr. Lox explained Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy science. Dr. Lox also explained his injuries and his goals at great length before proceeding with Regenerative Medicine treatment and stem cell treatment.
Glenoid Labrum Tears
The glenoid labrum is the cartilage covering the femoral head or shoulder bone. When damaged or torn it affects sports involving the arm. It is a dreaded problem in professional baseball pitchers. Many pitchers never return to top form even with surgery. Labrum surgery is often deriding torn tissue or trying to suture it together. Worn tissue from aging is less compliant to surgical fixes.
The biceps muscle has two shoulder attachments or tendon cables. The short head, and the long head. The bicep is the primary elbow flexor. If the attachment is broken the bicep sits low bulging and can’t be used effectively. Partial tears may still work, but are weaker and painful. They are also vulnerable to complete tears. The long head of the biceps attaches to the glenoid labrum.
Often if the bicep is torn from overuse or injury, the labrum has a small tear underneath. Surgical procedures are more complicated and have ended many athletes sports career.
This is the reason athletes and non-athletes alike are considering Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy options for these type of shoulder problems.
Dr. Lox has treated professional baseball pitchers, tennis players, golfers, and many weightlifters, and bodybuilders with these shoulder injuries.
7 Months after Regenerative Medicine Treatment with Stem Cells
His bicep tear and glenoid labrum tear 7 months after his Regenerative Medicine treatment for his shoulder pain had completely resolved. He was now doing pull-ups, his upper body strength was back to normal and he was ready to race obstacle courses. A typical time frame for athletes to return to the sport with optimal healing and repair following Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy is about 6 months. No two patients are alike this is personalized medicine, not a one size fits all approach. Older patients may take longer to heal than younger patients, and the sport difficulty needs to be factored into decision making. Ultimately, the skilled Regenerative Medicine expert and the patient discuss all options and return to sport. He was a happy patient. Athletes who return to their sport are typically very pleased patients.
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Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.