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Dr. Lox Talks Shoulder Pain, Stem Cell Therapy with Ron Diaz and Ian Beckles on iHeart Radio 620AM

Dennis M. Lox M.D. was invited back on iHeart Radio, 620AM studio to talk sports and stem cells with Ron Diaz fielding questions specifically on shoulder pain.

Ron is an avid, long time weight lifter and has chronic shoulder pain as well, and recently had shoulder stem cell therapy with Dr. Lox. Ron Diaz first queried about the use of stem cells in Major League Baseball pitchers throwing arm. Dr. Lox has treated Major League pitchers before and after shoulder arthroscopic surgery, as well as Tommy John elbow surgery.

Weightlifting is becoming an integral component of many sports, where it was not years before. Even golfers and tennis players are hitting the weights. Decades of repetitive use on the shoulder can result in shoulder pain syndromes, as well as years of weight lifting.

Ron stated that he is one of those decades long weightlifters, and former baseball player. Ian Beckles first treated with Dr. Lox for knee pain, as well as several other iHeart radio personalities. After NFL Hall of Famer, Derrick Brooks treated with Dr. Lox for wrist pain, Ron began seriously considering shoulder stem cell therapy.  Ron is already feeling better a month later, and has made exercise and weight lifting modifications per Dr. Lox’s recommendations.

Understanding Shoulder Pain

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The key to successful shoulder Regenerative Medicine Therapy is a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. This includes what specific Regenerative Medicine plan is implemented, as well as a specific post treatment plan specifically tailored to the individual patients own unique needs. Not doing so is fraught with error. There is no ‘one size fits all’ Regenerative Medicine plan for everyone. Each shoulder problem is different and requires a specific set of plans to ensure the best outcome.  Dr. Lox has treated all types of patients including professional athletes with a variety of shoulder problems. This includes MLB pitchers, Professional Bodybuilders including Mr. Olympia’s, Professional Heavyweight Boxing Champions, tennis players, Professional Football Players, and a myriad of other sports.

Baseball Pitchers and Shoulder Pain

Baseball pitchers place undue stress on their pitching shoulders. From the rotator cuff, the glenoid labrum, the bicep tendon, as well as the rest of the connecting ligaments, and bone surfaces. It is no wonder getting to the Major Leagues and staying there is difficult. When shoulder injuries occur, it can often mean the end of a baseball career. Some pitchers return to the Major League’s after shoulder surgery, others do not. Of those who do, the average duration of inning pitches is around 100. Those with stellar long careers after shoulder surgery are the fortunate, not the norm. For this reason, pitchers are opting for Regenerative Medicine procedures like stem cell therapy to help their bodies heal themselves.

Tennis Players and Shoulder Pain

Tennis players serve overhead. This places great stress on multiple areas of the shoulder. It is not uncommon to see partial rotator cuff tears, most commonly the supraspinatus tendon. The supraspinatus tendon often is impinged underneath the acromioclavular joint. This is often referred to as impingement syndrome. Labral tears, and shoulder joint arthritis are often seen in long term tennis players. Obviously, the longer one has played tennis the more repetitive stress on the shoulder. Even heavy forehand top spins, involve follow through with the arm elevated, as well as follow through in one handed back hands. Needless to say, many tennis players have seen Dr. Lox for shoulder pain.

Weightlifting and Shoulder Pain

Weightlifting can result in acute injuries, such as bicep tears, rotator cuff tears, labral tears, but more frequently, chronic shoulder pain problems occur over time.
Overhearing lifting, pull-ups, presses, deep bench presses and incline presses all load the shoulder joint. What was easy in youth, such as push-ups, pull-ups and bar dips, get tougher with age as the shoulder joint becomes less forgiving. There are so many problems that can arise from weightlifting, it is important that an experienced specialist such as Dr. Lox evaluates you to get a correct diagnosis, and treatment strategy. There is no ‘cookbook’ of shoulder problems. Specific problems need specific treatment strategies. Equally important is understanding what may be making it worse in the gym. An experienced specialist who also has lifted weights for decades such as Dr. Lox has is invaluable. Having treated young lifters to professional Mr. Olympia’s, Dr. Lox understands not only weightlifting injuries and treatment, but weightlifting modifications for your shoulder. This is true for the athlete in other sports who is lifting weights for strength enhancement, irrespective of sport, shoulder pain can be an unwanted side effect.

Shoulder Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy

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Dr. Lox, an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine. He has treated athletes from a wide spectrum of sports. Additionally, patients who develop shoulder arthritis as they age have consulted Dr. Lox for shoulder stem cell therapy. Alternatives to shoulder arthroscopic surgery are frequently sought.  Dr. Lox has appeared as a guest frequently on iHeart Sports Radio 620 AM in Tampa Bay, Florida, as well as 570 AM in Los Angeles, California to discuss sports injuries and Regenerative Medicine, including stem cell therapy. Dr. Lox has also been featured as the sports medicine expert on the Sports Injury Report. Dr. Lox has been featured on various television news media reports on stem cell therapy in patients across the nation.

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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.

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