Stem cell therapy is one of the most innovative treatments that boost natural healing. If you have a sports injury or other painful disorder, Rand McClain, DO, and his team at Regenerative & Sports Medicine can help using stem cells. At their office in Santa Monica, California they harvest and store stem cells when they’re at their best so you can access them whenever needed. To find out more about the uses of stem cell therapy, call the office or book an appointment online today.


What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is an exciting medical development that’s become increasingly popular in recent years. Stem cells can renew themselves and become any cell type present in your body.

Adult stem cells replace damaged and dead cells, so injecting a concentrated dose into injured tissues can boost natural healing. Stem cell therapy is helpful in treating many conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic back or neck pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Tendinitis

In addition to these musculoskeletal disorders, stem cells show promise in treating conditions such as heart disease, vascular disorders, dementia and autoimmune diseases.

How are stem cells collected?

The Regenerative & Sports Medicine team helps prepare your stem cells for collection using Neupogen®.

FDA-approved Neupogen is a stem cell mobilizing agent (filgrastim) that’s been in use for over 20 years.

Neupogen mimics the natural processes that stimulate stem cell production in your bone marrow and release the cells into your blood. This enables the team to collect large quantities of the highest quality stem cells.

Your first Neupogen injection is three days before the stem cell collection date. You then receive an injection every day until the harvesting process takes place. There are two ways to harvest your stem cells:

Collecting stem cells from your blood

Harvesting stem cells from your blood uses a process called apheresis, which is virtually painless. Apheresis involves using two intravenous lines to collect blood and divide it into stem cells and other cells. The other cells go back into your body.

The process takes several hours, but the Regenerative & Sports Medicine team provides a comfortable environment during the treatment.

Collecting stem cells from fat

They can extract the stem cells using liposuction, after which the collected fat goes to a lab for further processing. Another option is to combine fat stem cell collection with apheresis. This method could produce better-quality stem cells in higher numbers.

Regenerative & Sports Medicine freezes your stem cells for when you need them. This method of storage means the stem cells remain in good condition for your lifetime.

What happens during stem cell therapy?

If the team at Regenerative & Sports Medicine believes you could benefit from an injection of stem cells, it takes a few days to defrost and prepare the cells.

Injections don’t take long and are outpatient procedures. A stem cell injection into a complex joint like the knee might require image-guidance technology to enable precision delivery of the cells.

To learn more about stem cell therapy and how you could benefit from it, call the Regenerative & Sports Medicine office in Santa Monica, California or Houston, Texas to book an appointment online today.