AVASCULAR NECROSIS (AVN) or OSTEONECROSIS AND SPORTS TRAUMA
Avascular necrosis (AVN) or Osteonecrosis is a condition in which the blood supply to the bone is disrupted leading to cellular death of a portion of the bone. The loss of blood supply is known as avascular or ischemic, while the ensuing consequences lead to loss of oxygen and nutrition to bone cells resulting in bone cell death or necrosis.
Trauma, is the leading cause of blood supply disruption. Sports and athletes may develop this. Bo Jackson, the incredible football and baseball star sustained Avascular Necrosis (AVN) after making a spectacular run and then being tackled. Initially felt to be a minor hip injury, it was later diagnosed as avascular necrosis (AVN), leading to hip joint collapse and an eventual hip joint replacement. Bo Jackson never played football again. He did have another season playing baseball in which he did well before retiring.
Many athletes and traumatically injured patients who sustain AVN, have their lives and sporting careers disrupted. Dennis M. Lox, MD, will present his experience with athletes and Avascular or osteonecrosis at the World Regenerative Medicine Conference in Lepeiz, Germany in October 2013. Dr. Lox has treated multi-sport athletes with AVN including soccer, tennis, football, basketball and runners.
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.