Pakistani Woman has Stem Cell Therapy for Knees with Dr. Dennis Lox
A woman from Pakistan traveled to see Dennis M. Lox, MD, an expert in stem cell therapy. The woman in her 60’s, was not unlike many patients who consult Dr. Lox for knee stem cells. They frequently have knee arthritis and are told there is nothing left to do but eventually have a knee replacement. This essentially means let Mother Nature continue to whittle away at the remaining cartilage left in your knee until you no longer have any, or cannot tolerate the pain and consent to knee replacement surgery. Many patients are consulting Dr. Lox for an alternative option to this do nothing until you have knee replacement surgery approach. Stem cells may alter this scenario. Unlike all other arthritis treatments that fail to halt knee osteoarthritis progression, stem cells may stop the signals causing the knee joint to further erode. This is dramatically different than arthritis medications and cortisone injections which fail to halt the progressive degenerative nature of arthritis. Patients often do not want total knee joint replacement and welcome a viable alternative treatment. In the last decade stem cell research has exploded as more ways to treat various medical problems have been evaluated. This woman flew from Pakistan to have knee stem cell therapy as it was unavailable to her in her home country. Contrary to a popular notion, stem cells are available in the United States and are often cheaper than offshore clinics.
In the United States stem cells must be from the patients own body and delivered back to the patient in the same day procedure. This just happens to allow experienced doctors such as Dr. Lox, to provide optimal treatment. The reason is the kinks remain to be worked out in off the shelf stem cells grown in a lab from other people. Culturing someone else’s stem cells in a laboratory setting to yield a greater number of cells results in aging the stem cells by 30 years in some settings. Additionally, these cultured stem cells lack the inherent homing capacity of your own cells. This renders them less effective in receiving cell signals which invoke a homing response in the stem cells to a site of injury or produce reparative effects. Mother Nature is very sophisticated. The proper use of stem cells may be viewed as helping Mother Nature to heal oneself.
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.