Knee osteoarthritis or arthritis is a common disorder.
Arthritis afflicts greater than 50% of all adults greater than 60.
The knee is second only to the low back in a frequency of occurrence of arthritis. For this reason, alternative treatments such as stem cell therapy are gaining in popularity as more patients wish to avoid knee replacement, and remain active later in life.
Stem cells may exert their effect by modulating the inflammatory cascade. Knee joint degeneration is under many factors including biomechanical as well as cell signaling.
Signals which promote joint breakdown are referred to as catabolic responses. Stem cells may alter this signaling pathway and inhibit this action, additionally stem cells may promote anabolic responses which facilitate a reparative effect.
Knee joint osteoarthritis is a progressive disorder. All traditional arthritis responses do not halt the progression, therefore knee arthritis continues to progress over time. Treatments which may alter this response are important to remain active in life, continue in various sports, and defer knee joint replacement surgery earlier in life.
As knee osteoarthritis is progressive in nature evaluating and treating this condition earlier in life is important to maintain all treatment options. The ability to modify or deter the natural progressive nature of knee arthritis is an important aspect when considering stem cell therapy as an option for treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D., is a Regenerative Medicine specialist who focuses on the way new therapies can be utilized to more effectively treat disorders that were previously thought to be untreatable.
Dr. Lox states patients were often given palliative medications, therapy, or even surgical recommendations for these type of problems without hope of modifying their outcome. The field of Regenerative Medicine provides cutting-edge treatment options for problems that were offered little hope in the past.
By combining Regenerative Medicine with rehabilitation strategies such as biomechanical knee joint stress modifications, the paradigm of waiting for your knee to further fall apart so then you can avoid knee joint replacement.
If you’re in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.
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.