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Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy

Jeffrey Lai, MD -  - Regenerative Sports Medicine Physician

Jeffrey Lai, MD

Regenerative Sports Medicine Physician & Hormone Specialist located in Torrance, CA

Orthopedic stem cell therapy is a smart solution to musculoskeletal pain and tissue damage that uses cells taken from your own body. Jeffrey Lai, MD, is a sports medicine physician who performs advanced orthobiologic treatments, including orthopedic stem cell therapy, at his private practice in Torrance, California. Find out how to use the powerful healing abilities of your body’s own repair system by calling Jeffrey Lai, MD, today or book an appointment using the online form.

Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy Q & A


What is orthopedic stem cell therapy?

Orthopedic stem cell therapy is a form of orthobiologics. Orthobiologics are treatments that use cells taken from your own body to heal bones, muscles, tendons or ligaments.

Stem cells play a critical role in wound healing. As soon as you sustain an injury, stem cells release healing proteins that repair damaged tissues. If any cells are dead or too badly damaged, stem cells transform themselves into the type of cells needed to replace them.

If you have an injury that isn’t healing properly, a concentrated dose of stem cells could help your body complete the repair job and resolve your symptoms. Dr. Lai uses stem cells taken from your bone marrow, which are called mesenchymal stem cells.


What conditions can orthopedic stem cell therapy treat?

Orthopedic stem cell therapy can treat a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Torn meniscus
  • Chronic ankle sprains
  • Hamstring strain
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries

Most types of sports injuries can benefit from orthopedic stem cell therapy.


What happens when I have orthopedic stem cell therapy?

The first step in orthopedic stem cell therapy is for Dr. Lai to harvest some bone marrow from your pelvis, at the back of your hip bone. After processing, the concentrated stem cell solution is ready to inject into your injured tissues.

Dr. Lai uses musculoskeletal ultrasound guidance to inject the stem cells directly into the area where you have an injury. This technology shows Dr. Lai a real-time, moving image of the inside of your body and helps him direct the needle precisely where the treatment is needed.


When will I see results from my orthopedic stem cell therapy?

You won’t see an immediate change in your condition after orthopedic stem cell therapy, because it takes time for your body to make new, healthy tissue. Results also vary, but you could start to see a difference between two and six weeks after treatment.

Although orthopedic stem cell therapy typically works more slowly than a steroid injection, the effects last considerably longer — up to six years in some cases. There are also fewer side effects associated with orthopedic stem cell therapy, whereas steroids carry a higher risk, especially when used too often.

If you’re in the Torrance or Palos Verdes area, and you want to know whether you’re a good candidate for orthopedic stem cell therapy, call Jeffrey Lai, MD, today or book an appointment online.