Inside Dean Cain's secret to treating his chronic pain

Unlike his famed TV character, Dean Cain is mortal. 

He has aches and pains just like the rest of us, due to his football days at Princeton University.

"This is my most chronic pain," Cain told Inside Edition, gesturing to his shoulder and neck. "... I used to get stingers — pinched nerves on the right side. Your arm would go numb. It happened to me all the time."

The actor first rose to prominence on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" with Teri Hatcher. Now 52, he's hoping to stop the hands of time with the help of Dr. Daniel Reich at the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center. 

Derived from a newborn's donated umbilical cord, Cain is receiving a cutting-edge treatment of mesenchymal stem cells

"These cells are multipotent and will turn into whatever cells are deficient in the body," said nurse practitioner Charmaine Arnaud. "They are scavengers and they want to help you."

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Dean Cain (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LIFE GOES ON - "Honeymoon from Hell" - Airdate: September 16, 1990. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) KELLIE MARTIN;DEAN CAIN
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Dean Cain (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Dean Cain (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Dean Cain (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Dean Cain (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actors Dean Cain and Joan Severance attends the 'F/X2' Culver City Premiere on April 29, 1991 at Cary Grant Theatre in Culver City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actor Dean Cain and Actress Ami Dolenz attending "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" Century City Premiere on November 15, 1992 at United Artists Theatre in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher during 1993 Emmy Awards - Press Room in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Dean Cain during MTV's 3rd Annual Rock N' Jock Basketball 1993 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Dean Cain (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Dean Cain during 1994 Billboard Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 27: Actor Dean Cain departing to Miami, Florida on August 27, 1994 at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 17: LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - Oct. 1995 Gallery - Dean Cain (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - OCTOBER 25: Actor Dean Cain attend the "Grand Opening of Etro Boutique" on October 25, 1996 at Etro Boutique in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 17: Actor Dean Cain took part in the 38th Annual "Hollywood Stars Night" Celebrity Baseball Game on August 17, 1996 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 17: Actor Dean Cain took part in the 38th Annual "Hollywood Stars Night" Celebrity Baseball Game on August 17, 1996 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Dean Cain & Mindy McCready (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Donna D'Errico and Dean Cain during Passion For Fashion, 1998 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Diego, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
WESTWOOD,CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Actor Dean Cain attends the " 'Men for the Cure' Benefit Hosted by the Arquette Family" on September 9, 1999 at Eurochow Restaurant in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Dean Cain during The 12th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Arrivals at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
Dean Cain during Sean "P. Diddy" Combs Birthday Party at The Supper Club at The Supper Club in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Dean Cain during The 3rd Annual DVD Exclusive Awards at The Wiltern Theater LG in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 8: Actor Dean Cain attends the premiere of "Elektra" at the Palms Casino on January 8, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
ASPEN, CO - DECEMBER 31: Actor Dean Cain attends the Aspen Peak New Year's Party hosted by Don and Kelly Johnson and Jason and Haley Binn at The Little Nell Sundeck Restaurant on December 31, 2005 in Aspen, CO. (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for Aspen Peak Magazine)
Dean Cain during Mitchum teams up with Habitat for Humanity to Build a "Sweet-Equity" Home at Plaza Del Amo in Torrance, California, United States. (Photo by Alison Buck/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Dean Cain attends Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Front Row at Kodak Theatre on November 16, 2006 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Supermodel Cindy Crawford and actor Dean Cain arrives at the The First Malibu Teen Center Launch Event held at The Boys & Girls Club of Malibu on November 30, 2007 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
©2008 RAMEY PHOTO EXCLUSIVE! NO MIDDLE EAST/NO RUSSIA/NO INDIA Los Angeles, California, December 13, 2008 DEAN CAIN gives a lift to a little boy celebrating his son's flag football team's win at a Los Angeles park. The ex-star of the Superman series, was once signed by The Buffalo Bills, but a knee injury cut his pro carreer short. He now channels his love for football by coaching his son's team. PGcp6 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Dean Cain attends the Mending Kids International Benefit on November 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Hoda Kotb, Dean Cain and Kathie Lee Gifford appear on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 18: Actor Dean Cain (L) and family attend Elizabeth Stanton's Sweet 16 Benefiting "Toys for Tots" at The Globe Theatre on December 18, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 27: Actor Dean Cain speaks during the Wizard World Austin Comic Convention at the Austin Convention Center on October 27, 2012 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 20: Actor Dean Cain attends "Defending Santa" photo call benefiting National Coalition of the Homeless at St. Bartholomew's Church on November 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Dean Cain and Farmland rally with Santa Claus in Herald Square Park pledging #BaconForSanta to help fight hunger this holiday season with Feeding America on December 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Farmland Bacon)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Actor Dean Cain attends the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show pink carpet arrivals at Lexington Armory on November 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
VANCOUVER, BC - NOVEMBER 11: Actor Dean Cain speaks at the Celebrity Q&A during 'Fan Expo Vancouver 2016' at Vancouver Convention Centre on November 11, 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Dean Cain on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 09: DeanCain arrives at "Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer" Premiere at Saban Theatre on October 9, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 17: Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki and Dean Cain attend "Poland: The Royal Tour" New York Premiere at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on April 17, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
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The cells are stored at minus 200 degrees before being injected into the problem areas. 

In Cain's case, he received two injections to his damaged shoulder muscle. 

"After 35 years of constant chronic pain," Cain said, "it's a life changer."

Cain, who's the brand ambassador for the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center, where he receives the stem cell treatment, has had the same procedure done to his knees, with positive results. 

Every time he gets it, he said, he feels much more like the Man of Steel again. 

"I already know there's a world of difference," he said. 

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