Qatar Soccer Player with Knee arthritis travels to have Stem cells with Dr. Lox at Tampa Bay, Florida office for evaluation of knee pain and osteoarthritis, and treatment with knee stem cell therapy. The patient in his early 40’s had been active in soccer all his life and had injured his knee many times in the past. Now his knee pain had progressed and running and soccer could no longer be done. Osteoarthritis or simple arthritis is most commonly thought of as a wear and tear effect on the joints but is much more complex Dr. Lox notes.
This soccer player from Qatar wanted to avoid a knee replacement surgery in the future and considered knee stem cell therapy an option for him. Dr. Lox an expert in stem cell therapy, understands the underlying mechanisms that drive knee arthritis progression. All traditional treatment measures including arthritis medications, cortisone, hyaluronic acid injections, and even surgery do not alter the progression of degenerative knee arthritis (osteoarthritis). In fact, knee surgery may accelerate the progression of knee osteoarthritis. Stem cells are known as potent modulators of the inflammatory cascade. This vicious circle of inflammatory mediators results in a continued circuit of the breakdown of the underlying knee joint cartilage. This process leads to a progressive loss of knee cartilage and loss of joint space. Protecting the knee joint by altering the dynamics of the inflammatory cascade is an important step in controlling the process of knee arthritis, and may alter or deter the progression of knee osteoarthritis development. If the stem cell differentiates into a new cartilage cell or repairs via recruitment of progenitors cells cartilage regeneration may occur. Halting the progression of arthritis is like slowing down time, or the wear and tear effects Mother Nature exacts upon our joints. This may have a long-term effect that can only be truly appreciated with an understanding of how arthritis progresses in the knee over time. Dr. Lox has treated a diverse array of patients from professional athletes to 90-year-olds. A recent blog discussed a patient proclaiming it was the 49th anniversary of his first knee surgery. For an experienced stem cell expert, this statement has exact meanings for the nature of degenerative knee arthritis.
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.