Safe Non Surgical Option*
- Avoid surgery in many cases.
- Surgery can be expensive dangerous or debilitating with temporary results & long recovery time.
Stimulates the body’s own healing ability*
Helps new cartilage & tendon grow from older cartilage & tendon in a process called regeneration.*
- Preventing inflammation.
A Natural Treatment, Not just pain control*
- Treat the problem at the source instead of temporary pain control.
- No down time.
- Return to work the same day.
Ongoing Research Participation
We enroll our patients in ongoing research protocols and data system for collection & analysis of best outcome results from therapies. We keep records of procedures performed in our outcomes database & in shared and published databases. Patients are always treated with the best protocols & treatments based on the latest research data & informed consent on investigational nature of treatments. Strict sterile protocols & universal precautions are followed by out office and staff.
For years, we have done thorough research, gathered results data of patients, and gotten reviews from patients, all with a single purpose in mind – to give you adequate information that will allow you make the best decision with regards to treatment of your condition.
1. Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of Chronic Discogenic Low Back Pain
Human umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (HUC-MSCs) consists millions of stem cells and has the potential to regenerate degenerative discs. Previous animal and in vitro experiements had yielded positive results and so the researchers carried out a preliminary study with the aim of testing the safety and feasibility of the therapeutic value of HUC-MSC transplantation in patients suffering chronic discogenic low back pain. Results from the study showed that HUC-MSC transplantation was effective for the treatment of chronic discogenic low back pain. Link to the study >>>>> Here
2. Human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells reduce monosodium iodoacetate-induced apoptosis in cartilage
The goal of the study was to investigate the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells of the human umbilical cord, and its mechanism on destruction of joint cartilage induced by monosodium iodoacetate. Observations from the study showed that transplantation of human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells actually proved effective in preventing MIA damage of the cartilage. Link to the study >>>>> Here
3. Umbilical cord blood stem cell treatment for a patient with psoriatic arthritis
A 56-year old was diagnosed of psoriatic arthritis based on results from clinical and laboratory tests. Standard treatments (using steroids, methotrexate, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) did not resolve the symptoms. Some adverse effects were experienced with the addition of TNF-alpha inhibitors. Umbilical cord stem cell therapy was then put on trial. The patient was infused several times with cord blood stem cells through intra-articular and intravenous injections. Improvements were observed namely symptom remission, and normalization of serologic results for erythrocyte sedimentation rate and inflammatory markers C-reactive protein. These positive results were sustained for more than a year. The result from this study suggests that umbilical stem cells may be of great therapeutic value to patients with psoriatic arthritis, especially those who may be unable to tolerate standard treatments. Link to the study >>>>> Here
4. Short-Term Outcomes in Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis With 4 Bone Marrow Concentrate Injections
On average, patients experienced an 84.31% decrease in resting pain, a 61.95% decrease in active pain, and a 55.68% increase in functionality score at the final follow-up. Patients also reported a mean 67% total overall improvement at study conclusion.
Treatments at other Clinics :
"Patch up" treatments like, addicting pain medications, Steroid injection, surgery (many side effects including weight gain & increased blood sugar, damage to kidneys, heart, stroke & gastric ulcer from NSAIDs.)
May not know how to use ultrasound during the injections which is very critical in ensuring a safe & accurate injection. May use xray with unnecessary radiation for injections instead of ultrasound.
PRP & Sonic wave (ESWT) not used to enhance the effects of Stem Cells.
May not offer option of different bone stem cell types. (only offer drilling bones or low quality umbilical stem cells.)
May use poorly trained non-physician assistants to evaluate & perform injections.
Not FDA compliant.
Treatments at Our Clinic :
Treating the root cause of the problem by regenerating and repairing the damaged regions. Good safety profile with body products from own body.
Precision ultrasound guided injection to joints without any radiation to ensure safe delivery of stem cells & PRP to the correct location. (Shown to increase positive results by 20-40% vs. without ultrasound)
Other modalities like PRP & Sonic Wave use to focus on the whole joint and treating different parts of it instead of just treating one out of several diseased structures in the joint.
Several types of stem cell including Adipose (fat), bone marrow and umbilical cord derived options available.
Needle Free Air-Jet Pain pre Injections option.
We perform our procedures at a private Room by Medical Office Towers* in Los Angeles, with easy access to many Hospitals, Ranked in the top 10 USA Hospitals.
Our physician is a recipient of the prestigious UCLA Vice Provost Prize, the Motif Award sponsored by Walt Disney, and Altamed PACE Clinical Quality Award. His research published in the ULCA Science Journal had also been awarded the best research article of the year. Participate in conferences & up to date with the latest research.
FDA compliant with strict sterile protocols, research participation and no modification of products.
Review & Testimonials/Case Examples
“I am receiving treatment for severe osteoarthritis of right ankle.
I have previously consulted two surgeons and was a considered a candidate for ankle fusion with no cartilage left in my ankle. . My mobility problems was getting severe but ankle fusion was terrifying due to permanent lame condition that would result with a “successful” outcome to control pain.
I have been treated with PRP followed 6 weeks later by autologous stem cells from fatty tissue taken from my mid-riff, then PRP again after another 6 weeks.
5 months after the initial treatment I have improved greatly with regard to pain and functioning of my ankle. I used to walk with difficulty, for limited distances and use a cane. Now I only use a cane if I am going for a very long walk or a hike.”
Introduction About the Topic
Stem cell therapy belongs to an emerging area of medicine known as Regenerative medicine. It involves the use of stem cells (which are very potent) for the repair of body tissues that have degenerated (such as the muscles, joints, ligaments, and the tendons); or rebuilding of these body parts. These stem cells may be sourced from the bone marrow or from the umbilical cord or fat tissues. All sources have rich supply of stem cells, cell signaling substances, and growth factors. The cells are drawn in a way that does not cause pain, and then injected into the affected part of the body. PRP may be used to enhance the effects of stem cell. Of course, ultrasound guidance is used for clear visualization. Platelet rich plasma is gotten from just a simple draw of the blood. The blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich component.
So what are stem cells?
The term stem cells means “undifferentiated.” What this implies is that, unlike other body cells, stem cells can grow into other kinds of cells. They have this inert ability to restore or repair the internal systems of your body. Theoretically, stem cells can help in the repair of muscles, tissues, blood, organs, and bones. It also aids growth and even replaces missing pieces 1.
Stem cells can be harvested from a number of regions including fat or adipose tissues, umbilical cord and, the bone marrow. With regards to pain management, the least invasive & convenient is that harvested from the umbilical cord. Stem cells for pain management are usually harvested from the umbilical cord 2. After collection, the stem cells are conditioned in a number of ways, like centrifuging, which potentiates the stem cells to the highest state possible. The stem cells are then injected at the affected site, with the hope that it will help the affected system or tissue to regenerate. Fat or adipose stem cells are obtained by a mini-liposuction from the same person under local anesthesia and carefully processed. Bone marrow stem cell can be obtained from the pelvic bone or Tibia bone under local anesthesia.
A very important concern of stem cell utilization has been the issue of safety, especially with regards to abnormal growth of cells. A lot of research has been done on this. There have been fears in some quarters that if these undifferentiated cells are injected into the body, then there may be the risk of spontaneous mutation of cells, resulting in tumor formation. While this has occurred during the utilization of embryonic stem cells, the same has not been observed with the use of stem cells from the umbilical cord, bone marrow or fat stem cells.
What roles do stem cells play in pain management?
Because they have the ability to regenerate or restore, it is logical that stem cells be applied in pain management. Stem cells have proven very effective in the treatment of disc herniation and degenerative disc disease, joint osteoarthritis & in tendon injury. Disc degeneration , joint osteoarthritis & tendon injury occurs due to injury or aging, results in the tear and weakening of the discs, joints or tendons, meaning that they cannot provide the support required by the body. The result may be herniation of the discs, joint osteoarthritis & tendon injury.
Current Treatment at Other Clinics
The current treatment methods for disc degeneration and other degenerative diseases have their drawbacks: opioids have a number of side effects, and are a bit dangerous. Surgery alters the natural structure of the body (and sometimes may be unsuccessful). Injections on its own is quite beneficial to many patients, but have little to no effect at the cellular level nor do they encourage self-repair.
Stem cells however reduce the inflammation and pain that are typical of these conditions. They also work to regenerate and repair the damaged regions 2. Current research on the effect of stem cells in pain management has shown positive results.
We are different from many other clinics who offer stem cell or PRP. Other clinics may not use ultrasound during the injections which is very critical in ensuring a safe & accurate injection. They may also not offer option of bone marrow derived stem cell, Adipose derived stem cell & umbilical cord stem cell. They in effect expose patients to more invasive treatments like drilling bones without offering other easier options. They also may use xray with unnecessary radiation for injections that can be easily avoided in most cases by using ultrasound. Furthermore, they may not have proper knowledge of how PRP & Sonic wave (ESWT) can enhance the effects of Stem Cells. These other modalities are used by us to focus on the whole joint and treating different parts of it instead of just treating one out of several diseased structures in the joint.
Safe Non Surgical Option
We use a combination of newest cutting edge technology in regenerative medicine to stimulate body’s own repair ability to reverse aging and damage. We use a careful combination of Stem Cells, PRP and Sonic Waves (ESWT) as part of treatment plan designed by the doctor to treat the body. These are safe investigational treatments that have shown very promising & safe results in thousands of treatments over the 10-20 years in Europe and USA. They don’t involve using any medications or drugs.
What Does ESWT, PRP & Stem Cell Therapy Do?
The researchers believe that the therapy works by:
Releasing cytokines into the body to prevent further damage to cartilage and reduce pain and inflammation.
Preventing inflammation that can make osteoarthritis worse.
Creating healthy new cartilage tissues.
Many patients experience improvements in the treated area and other areas, like in a Mayo Clinic study where patients benefited in both knees after experiencing injections in only one.
"Stem cell treatment for elbow injury"
Stem cell treatment for elbow injury is a quick procedure. Why? Because we harvest the stem cells, and inject it into you on the same day. Complete stem cell treatment for elbow injury takes place over a course of one week but can be done in one day also. This depends on the patient’s situation. Stem cell injection for elbow injury would comprise of a pre-injection, embryological stem cell extraction, and a reinjection procedure, accompanied by post-injection of platelet rich plasma. The stem cells are injected along with their own natural growth factors. This procedure is done with advanced imaging guidance into the affected area. Imaging techniques used include musculoskeletal ultrasound and when needed real time fluoroscopy. With this, our doctor can locate the exact point of injection, as well as cell dispersal into the tissues. This is done in order to deliver as much cells as possible to the correct location of the affected area.
"Platelet rich plasma therapy for Elbow Pain"
Elbow pain can be treated with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. This is a non-surgical procedure, and is widely applied in the treatment of minor arthritis, muscle tear and strain, tears of the ligament and tendon, and of course, regular joint maintenance. We also apply platelet-rich therapy in the post-injection phase of stem cell treatment to boost repair of injured tissues by the stem cells.
We use an advanced form of platelet-rich therapy injection, which is less costly than the stem cell procedure, and also applied in orthopedic conditions. The platelet injection is rich in healing components that enhances the ability of the body to repair itself.
Another advantage of platelet rich therapy treatment is that the platelets have the ability to stimulate the stem cells in the affected area. Stem cells are present all over the body, and are very effective in tissue repair, so the main aim of PRP treatment is to make these cells work more efficiently.
"ESWT for elbow injury"
When a part of the body is inflamed, a scar or an adhesion is formed in that part. Unlike the normal tendon tissue, the scar is quite disorganized, and is not supplied with blood. Because of this, your elbow mechanics are altered, resulting in further inflammation of the tissue.
With the Piezowave 2 (which is the extracorporeal shockwave therapy that we use), sound waves of high energy are introduced into the tissue surrounding your elbow. Because scar tissue is brittle and cannot bend like healthy tissue, it breaks down with the sound waves. This allows re-entry of blood into the damaged tissue (a process known as neovascularization), leading to tissue repair/regeneration. In 6-8 weeks, your golfer’s elbow gets healed.
What makes our facility special?
At our Los Angeles facility, we have invented modern approaches to orthopedic care. Our approach to treatment is second to none. The harvesting process does not involve any form of drilling, and the stem cells are purified and tested for quality before injection. We also employ ultrasound to help in the precise placement of high dose stem cells at the required site. These cells will then perform their duty, promoting the formation of new tissues. Please note that this process only occurs if the cells have been injected to the exact site. We are experts in this and has seen positive outcome with our treatments. Our licensed physicians have undergone intense training running into thousands of hours, and so, you can be sure that you are in safe hands.
Needle Free Air-Jet Pain pre Injections
Our doctor is one of the few doctors in USA & Los Angeles offering the new technology of needle free injection. We have introduced our needle free injector for a more comfortable and painless experience. There are many advantages in using needle free injectors and it is elected to replace traditional injections in the near future. They allow injections with very small doses of medicine with significantly faster onset and a lot less pain and discomfort.
Our Office is Located at one of America’s Top Health Venue in Beverly Hills Adjacent. Located in Beverly Hills adjacent fancily we serve customers from Los Angeles, Orange county and Ventura County. We are premier destination for out of town customers from Nevada, Arizona, San Francisco, San Diego & Oregon. We are proud to be the premier location for the advancement in medical technology and patient comfort in Southern California.
We perform our procedures at a private Room by Medical Office Towers* in Los Angeles, with easy access to many Hospitals, Ranked in the top 10 USA Hospitals. These hospitals are ranked nationally in 11 specialties and has been named to the “Honor Roll” in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2016-17.”
In 2014-15, these medical centers in the Los Angeles area to win the Consumer Choice Award for:
- Best Overall Healthcare Quality
- Best Image
- Best Doctors
- Best Nurses
You Are in Good Hands!
Dr. Padra Gad Nourparvar is a recipient of the prestigious UCLA vice provost prize, the Motif Award sponsored by Walt Disney, and Altamed PACE Clinical Quality Award. His research published in the ULCA Science Journal had also been awarded the best research article of the year.
He has special affiliation to Cedar Sinai, White Memorial, CHLA, and other top medical institutions. He is a diplomat of Board of Osteopathic FP & Licensed by the Medical Board of California Physician & Surgeons. He is trained by the NY College of Osteopathic Medicine in osteopathic manipulation. Also, he has trained in several physical medicine & rehab hospitals & research facilities including UCLA, UC Irvine, Mount Sinai, NYU.
As a plus, he is one of the few and first doctor in USA trained in ultrasound guided joint injection for precision guided accurate injections of all joints, needle free air-jet injector. Dr. P. Nourparvar has been a pioneer in medical technology and advancements including stem cell. He is passionate about natural treatment with very minimal use of medication while also avoiding unnecessary surgical procedures. He is well versed in the latest and most effective anti-aging treatment using PRP and stem cell.
Frequently Asked Questions
From where do stem cells originate?
Stem cells are present in many tissues and organs. The bone marrow & fat cells are the richest source of stem cells. However, the most convenient region for harvesting is the umbilical cord.
What can stem cell therapy potentially treat?
Stem cell therapy is beneficial to a number of conditions such as osteoarthritis, erectile dysfunction, joint pain, renal disease, neurological disorders, autism, cellular rejuvenation, etc.
What’s the Cost of Stem Cell Injection?
The cost of treatment depends on the procedure performed. We often offer discounts for returning customers or larger packages of treatment using repeated injections or combining different treatments. We also offer a price match policy on comparing treatments done by board certified physicians. We also have interest free payment plan options including care credit for qualifying patients. A limited number of insurance companies and Workers compensation may at times cover some of the expenses. You may be able to get reimbursed by your insurance for your doctor visits & ultrasound cost. The consultation fee can be deducted from your future procedures, making your consolation free of cost to you.
Book a consultation with our experts to see the type of procedure that is right for you.
When will my results show up?
Stem cell therapy relies on your own regenerative healing to occur. We are all different and so is our healing process. Some patients may begin to see their results within few weeks while others may require some months. The time taken for healing to manifest also depends on the severity of the disease.
How effective is stem cell injections for joint?
A study published in Armen Derian2 Clin Med Insights Arthritis Musculoskelet Disord found that On average, patients experienced an 84.31% decrease in resting pain, a 61.95% decrease in active pain, and a 55.68% increase in functionality score at the final follow-up. Patients also reported a mean 67% total overall improvement at study conclusion.
How are adult stem cells harvested?
The physician draws the stem cells from the umbilical cord. The stem cells and the growth factors will then be concentrated using specially designed equipment. Umbilical cords stem cells come shipped to our office. The physician then injects the cells into the destined regions.
How can stem cells promote healing?
Stem cells are basically building blocks that can develop into any kind of tissues. As such, they are able to replace injured or dead cells, or enhance the healing process in various areas of the body.
Does stem cell therapy have any side effects?
Side effects are very minimal. It may be accompanied by minor irritation or pain at the site of injection. Because we are using your own stem cells, the chances of rejection by your immune system are extremely low.
How long will I take to recover?
Stem cell therapy is minimally intensive. You will return to your daily life within 48 hours.
Contact US & Appointments
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Stem Cell & PRP Institute of L.A.| General & Men’s Health, Pain & Aesthetics
Dr. Padra Gad Nourparvar
Board Certified in FM: Adults & Pediatrics
Cedars Sinai Medical Office Towers (New Clinic), 8631 West 3rd Street #545E, Los Angeles, CA.
Cedars Sinai Medical Towers Surgical Suit (Old Clinic), 8635 W 3rd St #880W, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Mon – Thu — 8:30am – 6:00pm
Friday — 8:30am – 4:30pm
*Claims are based on ongoing research. Please note that results may vary based on a patient’s medical conditions & age and may require a few months & repeated treatments to obtain. Treatments are considered investigational & these claims have not been verified by the FDA. No claim for curing or treating of any condition is made. A consultation with our trained Board Certified physician is scheduled before starting your treatments to confirm the procedure would be appropriate for you.