Skier: Has Stem Cells For His Knees
tyle=”text-align: center;”>Skier: Has Stem Cells For His Knees
Skiing is difficult enough. Having a knee injury is very problematic. What motivates skiers to seek alternatives to knee surgery such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Therapy? It may be a new injury or an injury that has not recovered form surgery. Skiers who injured themselves years ago, and especially if they have had surgery are at great risk for the development of early arthritis.These individuals may have waited until their knee arthritis is well advanced or in various stages of degeneration, and now their performance on the mountain is affected. Skiers and athletes may opt for stem cells to expedite recovery and deter arthritis development. Late in the game, treatment may be directed at preventing future degeneration, keeping the skier on the slopes, or preventing a knee replacement surgery.
A competitive skier presented to Dennis M. Lox, MD, a Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. The skier had injured himself on a Giant Slalom competition 15 years previously. The medial meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament were injured. Surgery was performed. After extensive rehabilitation a return to skiing was successful. However, intermittent knee pain still occurred. The ensuing years were still full of extensive multi-sports. In the last 5 years the skier noticed progressive difficulty with his knee and several MRI’s were performed which revealed thinning of the medial meniscus and changes of the chondral surface (cartilage). Arthritis was well under way in middle age. Various injections and oral arthritic medications were of no avail. While skiing the first run of the day a year ago, edge control was extremely difficult. Further skiing was too hazardous . That was the final reality that initiated the consultation for stem cell therapy. Dr. Lox being an avid skier was well familiar with this situation. It was decided stem cell therapy was a viable course of treatment after consultation. After the procedure, swelling and pain dissipated quickly. Exercise was progressed. Previous difficult tasks were resumed. Skiing was the ultimate goal and the first test was to be 7 months after the stem cell procedure. The test was successful. The prior years of difficulty with controlling the edges were gone.
It is important to note each individuals goal must be discussed thoroughly and in the context of overall progression of knee degeneration. This is part of a complete evaluation with treatment recommendations. Also, no two patients are alike, and treatment success for one patient is not representative of all patients as in any field of medicine. Proper education and discussion of expectations, risks of sports participation are all essential to a better understanding of treatment.
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 area, our office can be reached at (727) 462-5582.
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.