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Patient Opts for Stem Cell Knee Regenerative Therapy

Jun 21, 2013

 Patient Opts for Stem Cell Knee Regenerative Therapy

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 Tampa, Saint Petersburg andClearwater, FL

    After one rough knee replacement with a prolonged recovery, the thought of having the other knee replaced sent this patient in search of options. Her research led her to alternatives to knee joint replacement. Regenerative therapy with stem cells was previously unknown to her. Considering the difficult course with her first knee replacement, she spent a lot of time researching stem cell therapy. The use of Regenerative therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy in treating musculoskeletal problems has been done for several years. Elite athletes are turning to these measures to aid in healing and prolong their careers. Deterring arthritis propagation and preventing knee replacement was previously thought impossible. Research now is looking at many ways to accomplish this. Strategies from gene therapy, stem cell therapy, cytokines, bioscaffolds, and exosomes, all are being studied. The future appears to be directed at cell to cell signaling, and influencing the messages that not only propel arthritis, but aid in healing. Stem cells can exert this type of effect. Avascular Necrosis (AVN) or osteonecrosis has also been treated with stem cell therapy. Avascular Necrosis (AVN) occurs when blood supply to the bone results in part of the bone dying. When Avascular Necrosis (AVN) occurs, the bone involved may collapse and further deteriorate the joint with rapid arthritis. Preventing the collapse and repairing the bone is a treatment goal.  Looking at new ways to prevent arthritis from beginning, and to prevent it’s deterioration as well as repair joint cartilage, is the future. Applying today’s technology of stem cell therapy to knee arthritis, may be a viable alternative to knee joint replacement.


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. He has been pleased to accommodate the needs of patients throughout Florida, the United States, the Western Hemisphere, and Europe, as well. Located in the 33765 and 33765 areas, our offices can be reached at (727) 462-5582 (Clearwater) and (727) 817-1909 (New Port Richey). Call to schedule your visit today.

About the Author

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.