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Knee AVN In a Lupus Patient Desires Knee Stem Cell Therapy with Dr. Lox

Knee AVN

Knee AVN or Avascular Necrosis from Lupus is less common than AVN of the hip, however patients do consult and discuss Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy for Knee AVN with Dennis M. Lox M.D.

This patient had Lupus for years, and then developed knee pain of unknown origin. It took many specialists to finally diagnose knee AVN.

By this time no one had any ideas for her expect when her knee wore out to get a knee joint replacement surgery. She was in her late 20 years of age, hardly what any 20 year old wants to hear.

For this reason she sought out Dr. Lox, after much research on alternatives to knee replacement surgery in Knee AVN.

She found Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy as a good option to further explore with Dr. Lox. This is how many patients from around the world have found and went for consultation with Dr. Lox.
Dr. Dennis Lox has offices in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California. This has allowed patients from the North Pole to India and Australia to travel to see Dr. Lox for treatment.

AVN in the Knee Joint

What is AVN?

Avascular Necrosis is often also called Osteonecrosis. They both refer and mean the same basic concept. Lack of blood flow (Avascular) results in bone cell death (necrosis). Thus the names Avascular Necrosis (AVN) and Osteonecrosis are most frequently used to name this disorder. Other terms are used less often, such as aseptic necrosis, bone infarction and other names for AVN of specific bones or areas have been used as well.

What Causes AVN?

Trauma is the frequent cause of AVN. Sports injuries, or traumatic injuries are the most frequently seen reason in younger patients with AVN to consult with Dr. Lox. Even great athletes like the legendary professional football and Baseball player Bo Jackson, developed AVN of the hip as the result of traumatic tackle and fall causes his hip to be injured where the blood vessels to the hip joint were damaged. This lead to bone cell death or necrosis. It was only months later that Bo Jackson was diagnosed with AVN of the hip. Pain and injury are common in football. AVN is relatively rare, however it is so devastating that it was always be kept on the experts sports physicians radar as a possible cause for unresolved pain.  Next to trauma, idiopathic or unknown causes is most frequently seen in AVN. This is disturbing to patients, because everyone wants to know why? If there are no answers it is unsettling. Naturally, before one states it is idiopathic or of unknown cause, all known possible reasonable causes must be excluded.

Lupus, Autoimmune Disorders and AVN Knee or Hip

There are many systemic causes for the development of AVN. Of these diseases and systemic causes of AVN is the group of autoimmune disorders of which Lupus is one. Autoimmune disorders or diseases, are characterized by the body’s immune system to attack the patients own body creating great harm. The nature and way it evolves or manifests itself compromises the field of Rheumatology. Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the autoimmune disorders. Various lab tests and physical examination findings characterizes each different autoimmune disorder. The hip is the most frequently involved joint often both hips in autoimmune disorders. This is followed by the shoulder then the knee.

Excessive Cortisone or Corticosteroids and AVN

Excessive high levels of cortisone known as corticosteroids has been associated with the development of AVN. Unfortunately, many diseases known to cause AVN are treated with cortisone. This compounds and complicates matters. Which caused which is often asked. In the end caution with high doses of cortisone or corticosteroids is prudent. It may also be seen in many other non autoimmune disorders such as steroid dependent asthma or Emphysema. Lung ailments are often given high levels of cortisone over longer periods which increase the risk of the development of AVN.

Multiple Joint AVN

AVN of non traumatic origins such as Lupus, autoimmune diseases, and excessive cortisone can appear in more than one joint. Such as both hips, a hip and a knee, or even a hip, knee, and ankle. Anything is possible with diffuse disease processes. This is why consulting an expert such as Dr. Lox is necessary for early accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
***Video pic multi joint AVN

Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy Options for AVN

Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy have shown increasing promise, interest, and treatment in the last decade for AVN of all causes. Dr. Lox has seen nearly every cause of AVN in all age groups, all types of athletes from teens to professional. This has given Dr. Lox vast experience over the last decade in treating all types of AVN in nearly every situation, and joint. Experience and expertise is important. Dr. Lox is an expert in Sports and Regenerative Medicine. His expertise has led him to lecture on a variety of topics around the world to University Professors and Regenerative Medicine experts. Dr. Lox has lectured on AVN in the setting of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy as well. This has led to great discussions with colleagues around the globe to help patients in need.
Dr. Lox has helped multiple teenagers with AVN go on to continue to play their chosen sport and get college scholarships. There can be light at the end of the tunnel, and this is truly rewarding indeed.

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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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