Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

Edgar Celis, MD -  - Pain Management Physician

California Pain Group

Edgar Celis, MD

Pain Management Physician located in San Rafael, CA & Daly City, CA

For those who experience chronic pain, regenerative cell therapy represents a new frontier for treatment. Edgar Celis, MD, a pain management specialist at California Pain Group in San Rafael and Daly City, California, offers regenerative cell therapy to alleviate your discomfort and enable you to return to your normal life. Get started today by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.

Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

What is regenerative cell therapy?

Regenerative cell therapy is a treatment method that seeks to repair damaged tissues in your body by stimulating and enhancing your body’s own natural healing mechanisms. It involves minimally invasive injections of healing factors that Dr. Celis harvests from your own body, including platelet-rich plasma and mesenchymal stem cells. 

Your body’s ability to heal itself is not only natural and long-lasting, but incredibly effective, as well. Think about how your body fully repairs scrapes or skin-deep cuts in just a matter of days. Regenerative cell therapy harnesses those natural, complex, and powerful capabilities your body already possesses, and uses them to target various acute and chronic conditions you might be experiencing. 

Regenerative cell therapy has opened up a means of repair and restoration that’s at once entirely new and entirely familiar, promising a wide range of solutions in optimizing health worldwide.

What is platelet-rich plasma?

Plasma is the liquid component of your blood, and platelets are a special type of blood cell that clot your blood and promote new cell growth. 

Platelet-rich plasma is plasma from your body that Dr. Celis has put through a centrifuge in order to separate and isolate the platelets within, making it a highly concentrated dose of your body’s own natural healing factors, like cytokines.

Dr. Celis injects platelet-rich plasma into target areas of your body where damaged tissue is causing chronic pain. He can also use injections of platelet-rich plasma to help your tissues regenerate more quickly after surgery, effectively reducing your recovery time and enhancing the healing process. 

What are mesenchymal stem cells?

Mesenchymal stem cells, or signal cells, come from your bone marrow, and have the capability to become new and different types of tissues, like cartilage.

Dr. Celis typically harvests your signal cells from your hip bone, then isolates them using a centrifuge. He injects a concentrated dose of the cells into your treatment area, where they help promote the growth of tissues in that area and lead to healing and repair. 

For example, he can use regenerative cell therapy with mesenchymal stem cells to treat osteoarthritis in your knee by using the cells to generate new cartilage in that area.

To learn more about how Dr. Celis can minimize pain, enhance function, and improve your quality of life with regenerative cell therapy, schedule a visit to California Pain Group today by calling the office or booking a visit online.


Has there been any research showing that Stem Cell treatments are effective?

There have been many reputable journals that published new studies about Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine. Here are a couple of example: 


  • “This study provides evidence of safety and feasibility in the nonsurgical treatment of [Degenerative Disc Disease] with autologous [Stem Cells] and indicates an effect of mesenchymal cell concentration on discogenic pain reduction.”

Percutaneous injection of autologous bone marrow concentrate cells significantly reduces lumbar discogenic pain through 12 months.

Stem Cells

2015 Jan;33(1):146-56. doi: 10.1002/stem.1845.

  • “The literature seems to support orthobiologics in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis for 1 year or longer, depending on the age of the patient and disease severity….”

Orthobiologics and Knee Osteoarthritis: A Recent Literature Review, Treatment Algorithm, and Pathophysiology Discussion.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America

Vol 27, Issue 4, Nov 2016, pgs 985–1002