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Athletes and Knee Pain

Some seek knee pain relief in conjunction with shoulder pain relief at the same time. Weightlifting places excessive stress on both the shoulder and the knee. Often the backbone of traditional strength regimes is shoulder over presses, also known as military presses.

Bench Presses and Squats

Bench presses have been to the upper body, as squats as to lower body. However, both exercises have resulted in numerous athletes sports injuries. Being stronger as weightlifter entails heavy leg work. Squats, hack squats, lunges, leg press machines of all styles can work the quadriceps from all angles. This strengthens but may result in muscular imbalances from overtraining one muscle group for another.

Quads versus hamstrings

The knee joint mechanism is compromised of a hinge joint between the large upper femur bone and the lower shin bone the tibia. The cartilage between that allows the fluid motion to occur are the ligaments and medial and lateral meniscus.

Knee Surgery

Overuse from repetitive strain, prior knee arthroscopic surgery all increase risk for accelerated knee degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis. Multiple knee surgeries open is less common today than multiple Knee arthroscopic surgeries. Famous athletes with troubled knees are Joe Namath in Football, Adrian Peterson in Football and Cadillac Williams in Football. Only Adrian Peterson had a speedy recovery from a difficult knee ACL repair and meniscal debridement. Peterson had knee stem cells injected after surgery to help expedite the healing process.

Rafael Nadal

Tennis great Rafael Nadal has been troubled with knee ailments for many years on the professional tour. Nadal has been known to have platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) injections between tennis tournaments to keep his grueling style going. Nadal first reached world number one in 2008. In 2012 he was having significant knee pain issues, that were not responding to the quick fix PRP. Nadal eventually took 7 months off the professional tennis tour in 2012. Dr. Lox has lectured with Nadal’s doctor. 7 months is not PRP recovery time, and Rafael Nadal did not want knee arthroscopic surgery for knee pain relief. Nadal opted for knee stem cell injections rather than knee arthroscopic surgery.

In 2013 Rafael Nadal returned to world number 1 in men’s professional tennis. Those whose primary goal is lifting weights, and those who are strengthening their knees with weights to gain strength advantage in their primary sport. Dr.Lox has vast experience in this area, and expertise in the sports and Regenerative Medicine approach to weightlifting shoulder and knee pain patients looking for shoulder and knee pain relief.

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Rafael Nadal Knee Stem Cell Therapy


Nadal has had platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) injections between tennis tournaments to keep his grueling style going. Nadal first reached world number one in 2008. In 2012 he was no longer responding to PRP injections and was having significant knee pain.  Nadal took 7 months off the professional tennis tour to consider arthroscopic surgery for his knee pain but eventually opted for knee stem cell injections and returned to tennis in 2013, becoming  #1  in men’s professional tennis. He has continued to perform at the elite level returning to World number 1 in 2017 and most of 2018.

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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.

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