A Professional Baseball Player has Knee Stem Cell Therapy with Dr. Lox
Baseball Players and Athletes with Knee ACL Tears and Meniscal Injuries
One of the most frequent reasons professional athletes and Baseball Players consult Dennis M. Lox M.D. is for knee meniscal tears and ACL tears. These are common sports injuries, and have ended many professional athletes’ careers. Dr. Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine, and the science of Stem Cell Therapy. Dr. Lox has treated numerous professional athletes from a variety of sports. A professional Baseball Player with chronic knee pain, consulted with Dr. Lox for Knee Stem Cell Therapy, as an alternative to further knee surgery. He had already torn his ACL ligament and medial meniscus, and 4 months previously he had knee arthroscopic surgery. This included a patellar tendon graft to fix his ACL tear and medial meniscal debridement. Unknown to him he had a big screw in the tibia. He already had prior ACL reconstruction on the other knee, by a famous Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon 7 years ago and did well. There was a bone plug, but no screw. So he was very surprised when he spotted it in on the X-rays of his most recent knee surgery. It was that obvious he could see it from across the room.
Degenerative Knee Arthritis and Knee Surgery: the Untold Story
Many times professional athletes may have already had knee surgery, prior to consulting Dr. Lox. Undoubtedly, this means the surgery was unsuccessful, or they are not progressing at a fast enough pace, to resume their professional sports career. Dr. Lox is then typically consulted to aid the healing of their injuries, utilizing Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy applications. ACL tears are a violent injury. The force needed to tear the ACL nearly always results in additional knee damage, typically the meniscal and sometimes the medial collateral ligament. This trio of injuries to the knee is known as the deadly triad, for good reason. It is a difficult recovery that some athletes and patients never fully recover from, to perform elite sports or activities they want to do. It is that significant of an injury. ACL reconstructions with meniscal surgery typically mean Meniscal debridement. Debridement means cutting parts of the torn meniscus out. Much as orthopedic surgeons like to tell patients they cleaned it out, and it is better. It never is the same structurally. Even if they return to sports, long term the effect of an ACL tear even with reconstruction, and meniscal debridement results in early-onset degenerative knee arthritis. Most patients are never told this. Neither was this professional Baseball Player. Only he had 2 knees reconstructed with both knees undergoing meniscal debridement. Since his other knee was now without pain but was 7 years after a knee reconstruction, the degenerative arthritis was already evident in the early stages on his x-rays. Interestingly, his most recent knee surgery also showed early degenerative arthritis. He was a 30-year-old professional athlete, with 45-year-old knees. This is not uncommon in professional sports. Remember Joe Namath?
Too many surgeries ended his career early, and his destiny was certain if one understands knee degenerative arthritis progression. Joe Namath ultimately had both knees replaced, which was quite predictable if one understands degenerative arthritis progression and the degenerative cascade pathophysiology.
Dennis M. Lox M.D. an Expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine
This all may sound extremely complicated or simple to some. However, most doctors do not understand this. Dr. Lox has lectured around the World with some of the leading cartilage repair University Professors. Ph.D.’s who study the science of knee injury, arthritis progression, and Regenerative Medicine. Why would Dr. Lox do this? Simple, a passionate desire to leave no stone unturned in his quest to provide the best quality care possible to his patients. It started out many years ago when there were only a handful of doctors performing Stem Cell Therapy. As Dr. Lox’s expertise was Sports Medicine, and he had treated some professional athletes, this gathered great attention. This resulted in many further invitations to be a guest lecturer, and as they say, if you have a good message and know your subject people are truly interested. Many years later Dr. Lox continues to lecture, although he is selective only attending the best Symposiums, and of course, if it takes place in an interesting vacation locale in Europe. A fringe benefit of hard work.
Treating The Professional Baseball Player with Knee Stem Cell Therapy
This professional Baseball Players knee was not up to par, following his most recent knee surgery to return to Major League Baseball. Even with the most severe knee injuries, an ACL and meniscal tear with repair, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy have been successful in Dr. Lox’s practice. Not only do elite professional athletes turn to Dr. Lox for Knee Stem Cell Therapy, but weekend warriors, and those with degenerative wear and tear arthritis, seek out Dr. Lox’s care. Many want an alternative to knee surgery or knee replacement surgery and find Regenerative Medicine a viable treatment option. This player listened intently to Dr. Lox discuss degenerative knee arthritis progression, and his future in 10 and 20 years, not just immediately returning to Major League Baseball. He elected to treat both knees with his own stem cells. It is a simple same day, walk-in walk-out procedure. It is not surgery, there is no general anesthesia, pain pills, no crutches, and no rigorous physical therapy. This is regardless if one knee or two are done the same day. The Baseball Player is now working with a professional Baseball athletic trainer on his way to recovery, and hopefully a new contract. Also, he is looking forward to the prospect of delaying or deterring the degenerative arthritis progression, that will enviably happen without doing something positive as a potential preventative and regenerative measure. As another sad scientific note, most doctors treat patients with these types of knee problems with further surgery, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, cortisone, and hyaluronic acid injections. All these treatments have no effect on the progressive nature of degenerative arthritis progression, yet doctors continue to utilize these treatment options with no scientific basis. Despite The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, The American Academy of Rheumatology, The International Cartilage Repair and Regenerative Medicine Society, all stating they are not effective in treating arthritis. Puzzling the governing bodies of so many medical societies policy statements are ignored. Dr. Lox has decided to provide accurate information to his patients so that they may make better-informed decisions. That is how Medicine is supposed to be.
About Dennis M. Lox, M.D.
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.