Ballet Dancer From Athens, Greece with Ankle AVN Consults Dr. Lox
A ballet dancer in Athens, Greece was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, aka AVN of the talus. The Talus is in the ankle mortise and is crucial for normal ankle function. Dr. Lox has treated patients with avascular necrosis or AVN of the Ankle many times, especially in athletes. Dr. Lox has added expertise in the management of AVN with Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy. Many of these patients contact Dr. Lox from around the world. AVN can often end an athlete’s career, so it is especially important to have an expert who understands avascular necrosis, and the needs of the athlete. The pitfalls of often recommended surgery for the athlete, and Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy Options.
What is AVN?
Avascular necrosis is often abbreviated as AVN. AVN occurs when the blood supply to a region of bone is impaired. This lack of blood flow results in one cell death, or necrosis. Thus avascular means lack of blood flow and necrosis means cellular death. Not what an athlete or anyone wishes to hear. AVN may also be called Osteonecrosis, bone infarction, and aseptic necrosis. All are the same disorder.
AVN May be caused by trauma in athletes. Though rare considering who many injuries athletes develop, it is especially important to consider this diagnosis when injuries do not heal as expected, or the pain and symptoms are more than normal for what the initial diagnosis is. It is important to have an expert such as Dr. Lox, who not only understands AVN, and the many potential causes, but also how to treat the athlete with Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy Options to get what all athletes desire, return to their sport.
The problem with athletes and trauma, pain is part of the process. Some athletes get used to having pain from multiple injuries, especially in contact sports. Early diagnosis is critical, as weight-bearing on legs or ankles can make it worse. When a region of bone dies or becomes necrotic it may be small, large, or extend to the joint line. An MRI is best to identify AVN early.
The most feared complication of AVN is rapid joint destruction that occurs if the necrotic portion of the bone collapses. This is like an extremely accelerated joint arthritis. Often if it collapses, and the joint is destroyed options are limited, and so is the athlete’s sports career.
Ankle AVN and Sports which Impact Leg and Ankle Stress
All types of AVN present their own unique challenges. Every patient is different, and each must be individually assessed to arrive at a personalized medicine approach to treatment. Ankle AVN of the Talus or navicular bone bears weight-bearing stress. This must be addressed for each patient. Obviously, in this case, a dancer from Athens, Greece is going to place undue stress on the ankle and foot when dancing. The same occurs with many other sports such as soccer. Dr. Lox has had some great success stories with such athletes utilizing Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy Options. Several patients have gotten college scholarships and made headline news stories for their recovery without surgery.
These are truly rewarding for patients to help and make the practice of medicine worthwhile.
Why Dennis M. Lox M.D.?
Dr. Lox has treated patients from around the world, not just with a vast array of different types of avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis, but also sports and degenerative arthritis complaints of all body parts. Experience matters. Once a concert pianist from London flew in to treat with Dr. Lox and was playing a piano concerto two weeks later. As with many emerging medical fields, there becomes an in-vogue phase where many novices decide to “jump in” hoping to make easy money or a different lifestyle. There is an overload of newly proclaimed Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell experts. It is often difficult for patients to discern who is truly qualified, from those who took a weekend course or worse an online course. Some are not even doctors.
Dr. Lox is a medical doctor specializing in musculoskeletal problems for 30 years. Dr. Lox has devoted the last 10 years to Sports and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Lox was an early pioneer in the newly emerging field of Regenerative Medicine as it related to musculoskeletal, orthopedic, sports medicine, and arthritis.
Dennis M. Lox M.D. has been lecturing on his field of expertise both Nationally and Internationally, he understands the science and how unique each person is. This is not cookie-cutter medicine or one size fits all. Knowing the intricacies of the science and the art of medicine is how to achieve the best results possible for each patient.
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.