Avascular Necrosis and Stem Cells
Avascular necrosis occurs most frequently in the hip. This is followed by the shoulders and then the knee. AVN however, may occur in any joint or bone, even the sesamoids of the foot or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Trauma is the leading causative factor, followed by idiopathic or unknown causes. Excessive corticosteroids are also a frequent inciting factor. Cortisone treatments for respiratory ailments or autoimmune disorders are frequently associated factors. Stem cells have been considered a viable treatment strategy, as the immunomodulatory nature of stem cells and their ability to differentiate into target tissue cells make their reparative nature a desirable option, compared to the do nothing and wait and see if you need a total joint replacement strategy that is so often recommended. Dennis M. Lox, MD, is an expert in the use of stem cells and AVN. Dr. Lox has treated a wide array of joints affected with AVN including athletes and younger patients. The needs of athletes and young patients are especially critical when presented with possible hip or other joint replacement recommendations.
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 is located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.
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.