Stem Cell Therapy

Ronna S. Parsa, D.O. -  - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Parsa Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute

Ronna S. Parsa, D.O.

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon serving Manhattan Beach, CA, Hermosa Beach, CA, Redondo Beach, CA, El Segundo, CA, Torrance, CA, Glendale, CA & Palos Verdes, CA

When you endure persistent pain due to osteoarthritis or an injury to a ligament or muscle, you may be a good candidate for stem cell therapy. At her orthopaedic surgery practice, Parsa Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute, serving Manhattan Beach, CA, Hermosa Beach, CA, Redondo Beach, CA, El Segundo, CA, Torrance, CA, Glendale, CA & Palos Verdes, CA ,Dr. Parsa offers innovative stem cell therapies to restore your functionality without the risks of surgery. Stem cell treatment may be ideal for repairing a variety of injuries, especially sports-related meniscus tears and tendon damage. To learn more about the benefits of stem cell therapy, schedule a consultation online or by calling Dr. Parsa’s office.

Stem Cell Therapy Q & A

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy uses healthy stem cells to replace diseased cells that have created degenerative conditions, such as osteoarthritis, genetic disorders, and certain cancers. This treatment is also FDA-approved for treating fractures or breaks in bones that don’t heal properly due to illness or disease.

Stem cells differ from other cells in that they can develop into specialized cells wherever the body needs them. These cells can grow into new muscle, bone, or blood cells and treat a variety of orthopaedic conditions. Stem cell therapy may effectively prevent the need for surgery for issues like:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tendon injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Cartilage damage

Dr. Parsa examines your medical history and current symptoms to determine if stem cell therapy is right for you. She may initially try other therapies before recommending stem cell treatments.

Where do stem cells come from?

Most therapies use your body’s own stem cells to regenerate into the needed specific cells to treat your condition. Dr. Parsa typically harvests stem cells from bone marrow. Laboratories can also create stem cells, specially manipulated to replace damaged cells in your body.

As you age, you start to lose both the quality and quantity of healthy stem cells. Dr. Parsa offers effective options to preserve stem cells for future treatments. As an executive medical consultant with Forever Labs, Dr. Parsa can harvest healthy cells, which you can then store at Forever Labs for later use.

How does stem cell therapy work?

First, Dr. Parsa must harvest stem cells from your body. She may opt to use cells from excess fat, blood, or bone marrow. Extracting bone marrow requires inserting a needle into your pelvic bone. Dr. Parsa provides a local anesthetic and a sedative to keep you comfortable during the procedure.

Dr. Parsa can administer stem cells directly into a torn tendon or ligament during a surgical procedure. She can also inject stem cells into the treatment area, using an ultrasound machine to guide her to the correct injection site.

Once in your body, the stem cells begin to divide, developing into the type of cells your body needs to heal injured tendons, ligaments, or cartilage. Over time, stem cell treatments can help reduce pain and inflammation in the injury site, restoring your functionality and range of motion.

Can I store my stem cells?

The number and therapeutic quality of our stem cells diminishes with age. Storing your stem cells today preserves them for future therapies that combat age-related disease, like arthritis, and perhaps aging itself. 

We are now working with Forever Labs to harvest and store your stem cells. Click here for more information on Forever Labs and ask Dr. Parsa about it on your next visit.

To find out if you’re a candidate for stem cell therapy, schedule an appointment online or by phone.