Why Does Dr. Lox Treat 90-Year-Old Patients? So They Can Live to be 100
90-year-old patients . This wonderful patient just turned 100. Dr. Lox first saw her when she was 99 years of age. Her mind was sharp, with excellent remote recall, great wit, engaging personality, and a determination to get better with the help of Dr. Lox.
Unlike most 90-year-old patients she was overweight.
This compromised and compounded her degenerative knee arthritis. She was having to rely on a walker more and more. She noted she felt fatigued and weaker as she became less mobile. This is not an uncommon consequence of losing functional ability.
Dr. Lox analyzed her diet, and she readily offered up some very insightful details of what had happened to her over the few years.
Typically, 90-year-old patients are frail. This 99-year-old with degenerative knee arthritis, was overweight for about 5 years. She reported bad eating habits as a result of moving to a semi-retirement facility.
She described it as all junk food and some other very colorful words about the way they were fed junk as it was easier and cheaper.
She had her own apartment with a kitchen. She had a assistant to help make arrangements for medical office visits, grocery shopping and her other needs. She could choose a healthier diet, and cook easy meals, and snacks with some insightful guidance recommendations.
Her total weight gain over a short period staring at 95 years of age was 40 pounds. That is more like 200 pounds of force on already degenerative arthritic knees.
She is walking further at 100 years of age, than she has in the last 5 years. Fantastically, she is not finished yet, she and Dr. Lox are determined to keep adjusting the goals.
One goal is keep up the exercise, endurance and strength training, with a continued focus on proper diet, nutrition and weight loss. Nutrition is very important.
You can’t gain strength and endurance, and lose weight, without a solid understanding of how everything in the body works. Dr. Lox’s expertise in Sports Medicine, nutrition, diet and wellness, are just as important for young athletes, professional athletes, and at age 100. Her mind is extremely sharp. She once commented, “ask me anything,” so I did.
She knew exactly where she was during WWII, and what prohibition was like. Amazing conversation to say the least.
4 months after her knee regenerative medicine treatment paired with a comprehensive overall personalized health and wellness program, she was gaining strength, walking further without the walker, lost 20 pounds, and is not finished.
She readjusted her short term goals, looking now at losing the other 20 pounds she gained (total 40 pounds in 5 years). Determination, hard work, and grit work at any age.
92 Year Old Degenerative Knee Arthritis
A 92 year old wished to have to have Regenerative Medicine stem Cell Treatment to her knees. Her children were somewhat reluctant, due to her age.
After speaking to her alone, Dr. Lox, said what would you like to do? She said I want to treat my knees with stems cells.
Then she told me her mother lived to be 103. Wow.
That’s extremely important medical history information. Why? Because this 92 year old patient had longevity genes, especially when her mother lived till be 103.
Does she not deserve quality of life, and is this not an important issue to consider when evaluating her?
It certainly is. Overall health assessments, diet, nutrition, exercise, current and past weight all are relevant to discussing a personalized game plan for her, and every patient.
I told this story at a lecture to physicians and Regenerative Medicine Scientists, and Professors, at a Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Translation Conference I was speaking at.
After I finished the moderator approached the podium, as he was speaking next.
He whispered to me that my lecture, made him feel like he was 92.
I quickly replied some people age better than others.
He didn’t like that comment, but had to lecture anyway. He completely missed the scientific and clinical significance of what I said.
Years later, he and colleague published data on some of their patients. Low and behold, they discovered an important aspect of treating patients was the individual characteristics that make each patient unique.
Some people learn at different rates. I tried to tell him at that lecture, but as the saying goes you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.
96-Year-Old Hip Arthritis
This was a 96-year-old man with hip arthritis, desired to remain functional in his home. His children wanted him in a nursing home.
Not all cases are easy. There is often emotional, family issues, safety concerns, and most importantly, what are the patient’s goals.
A dedicated, experienced expert Regenerative Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist, looks at all the pieces of the puzzle, and determines the best course of action for the patient, based on his physical level, what can be reasonable expected to achieve at that age, and make a game plan that is suitable for accomplishment of the patient’s goals.
At any age, it is the patient’s quality of life and desires that are most important, as long as the goals are safe and reasonable. He lived with his lifelong wife, and leaving his home was really not what he wanted.
He could get around the home find, with a walker some of the time and walk the rest. This issue was he wanted to try and improve his functional level in the home, and had researched Dr. Lox, Regenerative Medicine, Hip Arthritis, alternatives to hip replacement at his age, and hip stem cell therapy. His children had not.
Dr. Lox began an in-depth conversation, the 96-year-old gentleman, had done his own internet research. His mind was sharp for a 90-year-old patient, years of analytic research after his post graduate degree occupation, taught him the value of independent research.
Dr. Lox explained the science of aging and stem cells was mostly uncharted territory. This was before the Perinatal tissue boom of the last few years, making claims of tissue grafts, not birth tissue stem cells being better, because they were younger.
The truth is Dr. Lox has great expertise in the Perinatal Stem Cell field. So he can speak scientifically to patients in ways they can understand better.
Dennis M. Lox M.D: Experience, Especially With 90-year-old Patients, Matters
Dr. Lox has extensive experience in degenerative arthritis, sports medicine, aging, and wellness. He has lectured both Nationally and Internationally on all these topics to some of the leading experts in world on these fields.
Dr. Lox has twice lectured at the International Perinatal Stem Cell Society Meeting. The Perinatal Stem Cell Society is devoted to the subsection of Stem Cell science related to birth tissues known formally as Perinatal.
This includes Umbilical, Amniotic, Cord Blood, Wharton’s Jelly, and Placental tissues. The purpose was Dr. Lox’s expertise in sports medicine and aging degenerative arthritis. What are the ramifications of future Perinatal Stem Cell FDA approved drug therapies, not tissue grafts without stem cells on these types of patients.
Most patients rearing to this type of “cell treatments” are being misinformed by companies or doctors who either don’t know or misrepresent the facts.
Sad, but true.
Most are not stem cell products, but tissue grafts approved for wound therapy. A tissue graft does not have to go through the rigorous scientific testing needed for FDA drug approval.
The FDA states for it to be a “stem cell” product it must be approved as a drug. They are not.
Thus, all the confusion and misinformation for patients to try and understand. At one such International Perinatal Stem Cell Society Meeting in Aspen, Colorado Dr. Lox served as Moderator and lectured with a world renowned expert panel of scientists doing clinical research on the scientific discoveries, and an European Orthopedic Surgeon, who also treats elite Professional Athletes.
This is why when Dr. Lox is asked why he would treat 90-year-old patients, he understands clearly, because they want to enjoy life just like everyone else. Helping through all aspects diet, exercise, strengthening all are important aspects as well.
Dr. Lox also understands the current state of the art treatment approaches and future possibilities for aging patients from current state of the art research, and what remains unknown. This is not a subject that many physicians have any experience in.
These gentleman elected to have treatment with Dr. Lox. His stem cells and cellular functioning were tested as a comparative validation at tow different university stem cell research laboratories.
Yes, aging patients have functioning stem cells. They do until cellular senescence occurs or cell death. Humans have a predetermined cell age limit before cell death occurs. It can be effected by many environmental and disease states.
These factors include smoking, cancer, and heart diseases, chemotherapy, living the hard life. In a perfect state perhaps with good genetics 120 is the upper limit of the human body before cellular senescence occurs.
This means in order to repair cells, blood products, skin, the gastrointestinal tract we must have functioning stem cells as we age.
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.