Skier Approaches 2-Year Mark With Knee Stem Cells
A snow skier who injured his knee medial meniscus requiring arthroscopic surgery developed knee osteoarthritis years later.
His pain progressed and he slowly became less functional with sports. Running and tennis were no longer possible. Then climbing stairs was painful. Leg presses and knee extension exercises at the gym had to be stopped due to pain.
His x-Rays revealed moderate arthritis. He was adamant he did not want a knee replacement, so at this point, he elected to have stem cell therapy to his knee. He desired to improve his functional level, return to sports and ski again.
After having his knee stem cells performed, he did very well. His pain disappeared entirely. Walking flights of stairs were no longer painful. He elected at the advice of Dr. Lox to avoid running and tennis, and keep the gym activities away from knee loading exercises.
His x-Rays after a year revealed improvement in joint space. He returned to skiing intermittently after 6 months. As two years approaches he is cognizant of his improvement and pleased with his progress. Now the emphasis is on never having a knee replacement.
Patients often change goals after feeling better for long periods. Overall health becomes more important, and the riskier sports are often diminished in favor of maintaining pain-free states and generalized health. It is possible to stay very healthy without overburdening the knee joint. These types of activities are often stressed and recommended as part of post stem cell treatment.
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.