One Bad Knee: 46 Year-Old Decides on Stem Cell Therapy
Genetics, trauma, and other factors play a role in knee osteoarthritis. We now understand that surgery is, in fact, a trauma and accelerates the degenerative arthritis cascade further.
The more surgeries the more trauma – it’s an accumulated acceleration degenerative cascade. When you see a 46-year-old whose knee looks like that of an 80-year-old, that is not a good sign.
Age and Knee Osteoarthritis
For this particular patient, luckily it is was only one bad knee. The inside, or the medial compartment, was extremely affected, so there was little joint space on the outer knee. The orthopedic surgeon did not want to replace her knee due to her young age. The patient also did not want a total knee replacement at her age, so she consulted Dennis M. Lox, MD, – a Sports and Regenerative Medicine Specialist – who felt there was still hope for her knee.
She had researched regenerative medicine and felt stem cell therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) was a viable option for her knee. She elected to undergo knee stem cell therapy with Dr. Dennis Lox, and 6 months later, she is very pleased with her progress and is glad that she chose regenerative medicine and stem cell therapy over a total knee replacement.
Who Is A Candidate For Knee Stem Cell Therapy?
Not every patient is a candidate for regenerative medicine and knee stem cell therapy. There is no one size fits all template for everyone. Nothing in medicine is uniform for everyone. That is why there is personalized medicine. Unrealistic expectations and not having open, honest discussions with patients is in no one’s best interest. An informed patient can make good decisions and be part of their treatment plan. This is how medicine should be practiced. A patient that understands what is wrong and what steps are needed for a successful outcome is typically more likely to be compliant with the treatment plan and be satisfied with their results.
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.