Physician Heal Thyself…No He Opts For Stem Cells For Partial Achilles Tendon Tear With Dennis M. Lox, MD,
When you tear your Achilles’ tendon that is a problem. You need your Achilles’ tendon to push off with each step you take. If the tear is partial, it is possible that Regenerative Medicine therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy may repair the injured tendon. The body has a tremendous capacity to heal itself. However, sometimes it needs a little help. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) provides healing growth factors, and stem cells are miracle workers. Stem cells invoke an immunomodulatory effect, suppressing inflammation, and also can regulate cytokine (cellular signaling pathways).
The most important feature of a stem cell is that they can form new cells. So, if the body needs more tendon it becomes tendon. This is true for certain stem cells. In adult medicine, Mesenchymal stem cells are used from the patient’s own body. These stem cells can become bone, cartilage, muscle, tendon or even fat. Yes, that is why as a society we are becoming heavier and heavier. There are a lot of stem cells surrounding fat. So we can grow more and more fat cells. Not exactly what we want. However, we can apply this knowledge and harness these stem cells to create other cell types in injured body segments.
This particular physician who tore his Achilles’ tendon become so fascinated with stem cell therapy he sought to consult with Dr. Lox, underwent treatment of his Achilles’ tendon, and within a week felt better. Now he is an avid reader of stem cell and cytokine pathways.
Fortunately, Dr. Lox enjoys this. He lectures around the world on stem cell therapy. It is rewarding to be passionate about one’s profession, especially if you can make a difference in someone’s life.
Dennis M. Lox, MD, serves patients in the greater Tampa Bay area, including, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, New Port Richey, Sarasota, Orlando, and Spring Hill and can accommodate the needs of patients throughout Florida, the United States, the Western Hemisphere, and Europe, as well. To learn more about stem cell therapy and other regenerative services offered by Dr. Lox, call (727) 462-5582.