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College Basketball Player with early Hip Arthritis treated with PRP

Apr 09, 2013

College Basketball Player with early Hip Arthritis treated with PRP

Tampa, Saint Petersburg and Clearwater, fl


basketball playerA 21 year old college basketball player was found to have early degenerative hip arthritis. His participation in basketball games was affected due to pain and progressive difficulty running.  He failed to improve with conservative treatment with the trainer, physical therapist, and conservative medication management. He sought Dr. Lox’s help for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. He did not wish to have arthroscopic surgery and desired to try and repair his hip using regenerative therapy. He also desired to continue playing basketball after college. Preferably in the European league. His age and future goals make Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) a good choice, as even arthroscopic hip surgery can accelerate arthritis, and at this age in an athlete desiring to maintain his athletic ability that would be most undesired.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) utilizes the bodies own healing capacity by providing a concentrated source of growth factors to the injured hip region. This may accelerate healing, and retard further degeneration, a much desired response in this athlete.

The basketball player proceeded to have PRP of his hip. He returned to modified sports that week, and progressed through advanced exercises. Jumping and cutting movements involving the hip were initially restricted. By 4 weeks full basketball participation in the game was achieved, with minimal difficulties. The treatment achieved the patients goals and was viewed as a succes.

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Dennis M. Lox, MD, serves patients in the greater Tampa Bay area, including, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, New Port Richey, Sarasota, and Spring Hill. He has been pleased to accommodate the needs of patients throughout Florida, the United States, the Western Hemisphere, and Europe, as well. Located in the 33765 and 33765 areas, our offices can be reached at (727) 462-5582 (Clearwater) and (727) 817-1909 (New Port Richey). Call to schedule your visit today.

About the Author

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.