Stem Cell Injections Specialists

At Pain Care Providers, Dr. Amir Rafizad and Dr. Reza Mahrou serve the residents of many California communities, including patients who live in the Irvine area. The doctors specialize in the use of many state of the art Regenerative Therapy options, including Stem Cell, and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) injections.

Stem Cell Injections Q & A

What are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are produced throughout the body as a way for organs to produce specific types of cells. They are essentially "blank slates" meaning that they contain no specific type of DNA. They have the capability of becoming any type of cell when they are in the development stages. Once they have been assimilated with one type of DNA, they will continue to follow that pattern of formation. Stem cells are proving to be beneficial in the regeneration of tissues in areas where damage has occurred.

Where Do Stem Cells Come From?

Stem cells can be found throughout the body. They are available to be harvested from the bone marrow, blood, brain, muscle tissue, blood vessels, and many other organs. When it comes to the use of stem cells in pain management programs, the cells that are used are harvested directly from the patient. Harvesting stem cells from the adult patient can increase the effectiveness of the treatment. It also can put the patient at ease knowing that the cells being used are their own.

Can Stem Cells be Used to Treat Joint Problems?

Stem cells can be used to treat a wide variety of health conditions including joint problems that result in chronic and acute forms of pain. Injecting prepared stem cells into an injured or damaged area can help to repair the tissues, restoring certain degrees of form and function to the area. TMJ and degenerative joint disease are just two disorders in which using stem cell injections can help reduce pain and improve overall function. In both cases, the stem cells work to repair damaged tissues and allow the area to start to regain strength and mobility. If you are looking to treat your pain problems with stem cell injections please contact Pain Care Providers today.

What does PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy entail?

Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, is a regenerative therapy used to facilitate healing of: bone fractures, arthritic joints, and ligament and muscle injuries. This treatment, which has be touted by many professional athletes, uses the patient’s own blood, spun in a machine called a centrifuge to isolate and concentrate the number of healing platelets. Once the blood is processed it is injected directly into the injured area where it helps reduce inflammation and jumpstart the healing process. This is accomplished through the stimulation of new cell production, improved blood flow and cartilage regeneration.


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    "Dr. Reza Mahrou was a very PLEASANT and professional individual. We talked and he actually "listened" to what I had to say. I would definitely recommend this doctor."

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