Neck Pain Specialist

Dr. Stem Cell

Regenerative Orthopedics located in Encino, CA

Chronic neck pain affects 10-20% of adults, often costing them time at work and preventing them from enjoying daily life. If you struggle with ongoing neck pain, Bruce Fishman, MD, MPH, FICS, and the team at Dr. Stem Cell can help. As a specialist in orthopedic surgery and stem cell therapy, Dr. Fishman has extensive experience performing advanced stem cell injections that alleviate neck pain by healing the damaged tissues. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Encino, California, or use the online booking feature.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Sprains and strains, the top causes of neck pain, can easily occur as daily activities stress the ligaments and muscles. Traumatic events such as sports injuries and car accidents also frequently cause neck pain.

As you get older, you may develop neck pain from degenerative conditions, including:

  • Herniated discs
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

The pain from a sprain or strain is caused by the damaged soft tissues and inflammation. Degenerative diseases often cause pain as they compress nerves, a condition called cervical radiculopathy.

How does stem cell therapy alleviate neck pain?

Stem cells are uniquely designed to self-replicate and produce new cells. Adult stem cells live throughout your body. When you’re injured, they migrate to the damaged area and perform multiple tasks: They regenerate new tissues to repair the injury, regulate inflammation, and release biochemicals such as exosomes and cytokines that stimulate healing.

When you receive stem cell therapy, a concentrated number of stem cells are injected into the injured tissues in your neck. The injected cells relieve your neck pain as they heal the tissues.

Where do the stem cells come from?

The team at Dr. Stem Cell uses mesenchymal stem cells and exosomes because they help regenerate tissues such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, and cartilage. Our Stem Cells are harvested from the Umbilical Cord Wharton's Jelly. We obtain them from an FDA Certified Transplant Laboratory located in Southern California. Our staff has personally toured the facility to ensure the highest quality and standards for our patients.

What should I expect before and during stem cell therapy?

If you have neck pain and you’re interested in stem cell therapy, it starts with an initial consultation at Dr. Stem Cell to determine if you’re a good candidate for stem cell treatment

Dr. Fishman performs a complete exam, including X-rays, and possibly an MRI, CT, or nerve study to evaluate the source of your wrist pain. If you’re approved for stem cell therapy, -

Two days before your stem cell treatment you will receive our unique IV infusion treatment containing vitamins, peptides and proteins. This will boost your cellular function and enhance your response to Stem Cell treatment. You will then be sent for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment to support your upcoming Stem Cell procedure. 

Dr. Fishman then uses fluoroscopic or ultrasound guidance to inject the stem cells precisely at the damaged tissues that are causing your neck pain.

In some cases, Dr. Fishman may mix the stem cells with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which supports and accelerates healing. They produce PRP  in the office from a sample of your blood.

After your Stem Cell procedure you are immediately sent for a second Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment. 

Most patients need only one treatment session, with one injection for each damaged disc or joint, to alleviate their neck pain. 

You will follow up with Dr. Fishman 4 weeks after your Stem Cell procedure. At that time, you will have your first FDA approved muscle building emscult treatment if appropriate to your condition. 

You need to rest for a few days after your procedure, and you’ll notice that your neck pain improves over the next few months as the stem cells rebuild tissues and rehabilitate your injury. You will have regular follow ups with your doctor at 3, 6 and 12 months to document your improvement. 

If you suffer from chronic neck pain, call Dr. Stem Cell or book an initial consultation online.