Stem Cell Therapy Specialist

Beverly Hills Advanced Pain and Spine

Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA

Dedicated to providing patients with the latest and most effective treatment options, top-rated pain specialist Dr. Joseph Enayati and Dr. Charles Gruver of Beverly Hills Advanced Pain & Spine provides ground-breaking Stem Cell therapy to accelerate healing and eradicate the source of patients’ pain. Dr. Enayati and Dr. Gruver are Stem Cell Therapy Specialists located in Beverly Hills.

Stem Cell Therapy Q & A

What is Stem Cell therapy?

Stem Cell therapy is a game-changing regenerative treatment that can deliver substantial, long-term relief for patients who suffer from acute pain or chronic pain, as a result of a sports injury, arthritis, or certain spine conditions.

Stem cells help to create new cells in existing healthy tissues and may help to repair tissues in those structures that are injured or damaged.  They are the basis for the specific cell types that make up each organ in the body.  Injecting a Stem Cell-matrix into a damaged joint can stimulate the body’s repair process and provide some of the raw materials needed for these repairs.  As with any treatment, results will vary from patient to patient, but often patients treated with Stem Cells are surprised how different they feel just weeks after treatment. 

There are different sources of Stem Cells. Dr. Enayati and Dr. Gruver use their patients’ own stem cells by harvesting bone marrow from the iliac crest (the back of the pelvis), a particularly rich source of Mesenchymal Stem Cells, which are capable of becoming various types of cells that are part of the musculoskeletal system, including bone, tendon, articular cartilage, and ligaments.  He then spins the bone marrow in a centrifuge to concentrate the Stem Cells before injecting the Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) into the patient’s problem area.  The entire process takes less than 2 hours and is typically performed under light anesthesia.

How does Stem Cell therapy work?

The injected Stem Cells promote natural self-healing.  Stem Cells are “building block” cells that are able to grow into whatever is needed nearby.  Stem Cells contain natural growth factors that, when injected into a damaged joint, can stimulate the body’s repair process.  The Stem Cell serum reduces inflammation, diminishes scar tissue, and accelerates healing.  In the weeks and months following treatment, the Stem Cells promote re-growth of cartilage, ligaments, tissues, and nerves.  Like with any treatment, results will vary from patient to patient, but patients treated with Stem Cells are often surprised by how different they feel just a month or two after treatment.  This simple procedure can deliver life-changing results, both in relieving pain and allowing patients to resume the activities they love.

Is Stem Cell therapy safe?

Stem Cells come from the patient’s own body, so there is minimal risk of rejection or side effects. Of course, there are some risks associated with any injection, but the risks of this therapy are generally considered low.

Stem Cells can be a great option for patients with allergies to medications used in other treatment options.  For example, a patient who would have a bad reaction to the corticosteroids or lidocaine used in a standard knee injection may still be able to benefit from a Stem Cell knee injection.

What conditions are treated with Stem Cell therapy?

There are a number of different types of injury and damage that can be treated with Stem Cells. Sports injuries often benefit greatly from Stem Cell treatments, which can significantly accelerate recovery time.  Patients who suffer from osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis, tendonitis, muscle spasms and chronic neck, back, and joint pain, and many other conditions are often good candidates for this treatment.  Dr. Enayati and Dr. Gruver will evaluate your unique circumstances and help you understand the best options for you.

Is Stem Cell therapy better than other treatment options for musculoskeletal pain?

Treatment with Stem Cells can be the most effective way to heal damaged joints and tissue in order to extinguish pain at the source.  Stem Cells have become immensely popular for treating a wide range of issues, such as joint repair, tendinitis and tendon tears, rotator cuff tears, sprains, ligament damage, muscle tears, pain, and osteoarthritis.  These treatments tend to provide more substantial results compared to traditional treatments, and in certain cases, a stem cell injection can even be an effective alternative to a far more invasive joint or spine surgery!  However, Dr. Enayati and Dr. Gruver both tailor every treatment to each individual patient’s individual circumstances and can determine whether Stem Cell therapy is the best solution for your pain.

Can stem cells heal spinal injuries?

Stem cells can be used to treat several different spine conditions.  Dr. Enayati and Dr. Gruver can inject stem cells directly into the discs of your lumbar spine to treat certain types of discogenic pain.  Dr. Enayati and Dr. Gruver are also highly skilled at injecting stem cells into the cervical facet joints and lumbar facet joints—these small joints connect the vertebrae of your spine in your neck and back, and are a very common source of back pain.  For certain patients with low back pain or neck pain, stem cells can be an excellent treatment option, and may even allow the patient to avoid spine surgery!

Is it true that professional athletes use stem cells to treat their injuries?

Because of the physical demands and pressure to constantly succeed, professional athletes are often at the forefront of medicine, utilizing cutting-edge treatments to get back on the field as soon as possible after an injury.  We always respect the privacy of our own patients—celebrity or otherwise—and will not identify them without their consent.  But here is an interesting collection of articles that we found about NFL players getting Stem Cell treatments:

Has there been any research showing that Stem Cell treatments are effective?

Absolutely. Reputable journals are publishing new studies about Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine all the time. Here are a couple recent examples:

“This study provides evidence of safety and feasibility in the nonsurgical treatment of [Degenerative Disc Disease] with autologous [Stem Cells] and indicates an effect of mesenchymal cell concentration on discogenic pain reduction.”

Percutaneous injection of autologous bone marrow concentrate cells significantly reduces lumbar discogenic pain through 12 months.

Stem Cells

2015 Jan;33(1):146-56. doi: 10.1002/stem.1845.

“The literature seems to support orthobiologics in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis for 1 year or longer, depending on the age of the patient and disease severity….”

Orthobiologics and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Recent Literature Review, Treatment Algorithm, and Pathophysiology Discussion.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America

Vol 27, Issue 4, Nov 2016, pgs 985–1002

Most PPO Insurance Plans Accepted

Beverly Hills Advanced Pain and Spine accepts most PPO insurance plans.  We also are pleased to accept most Aetna POS plans, most Cigna OAP plans, and most international insurance and “expat" insurance. 

We do not accept Covered California, Kaiser, HMO plans, EPO plans, Medicare, or MediCal, but we welcome all of those patients on a self-pay basis. 

Please note that some of our advanced treatments are self-pay only. 

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