The Wrist and The Hand

Eight small bones, known as the carpals, make up the wrist. These bones support the carpal tunnel, which runs through the wrist and contains tendons and a nerve inside of it. The carpal tunnel is covered by a ligament that holds it in place.

Wrist pain is common and is often caused by repetitive motion that can damage the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause pain, or even disrupt or prevent participation in everyday activities like typing, tennis, golf or cooking. Wrist or hand pain with swelling or bruising can be a sign of injury. Misshapen joints and the inability to move the wrist or fingers are some signs of a possible fracture or arthritis.

Common causes of hand or wrist pain are strains and sprains, arthritis, tendonitis, gout and pseudo-gout.

Thumb CMC/basal joint arthritis or arthritis of the hand joints can appear early in life. The constant pivoting and swivelling motions of the basal joint, at the base of the thumb, tend to wear it out easily. While total joint reconstruction surgery may improve the condition for some, new problems in the thumb joint may develop over time, causing recurrent symptoms such as numbness, pain or reduced range of motion.

Should You Have Surgery?

Elbow surgery is a serious decision as it entails several risks as well as painful rehabilitation after the surgery. Surgery may seem necessary and the only option available.

If a severe injury has occurred due to sports, exercise or even a bad fall and conservative treatment has failed, there is a viable non-surgical therapy for elbow injuries and chronic elbow pain. Not only may surgery not be needed, but also there is also a great chance of full recovery for the elbow condition.

Regenerative medicine has non-invasive and non-surgical therapies, including stem cell therapy, that utilize the natural healing properties of the body and encourage an accelerated recovery for chronic elbow pain.

Before deciding to go for surgery, it is important to exhaust all options and regenerative medicine is a powerful and safe potential alternative to surgery.

Elbow Conditions Treatable by Regenerative Medicine

  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Partial tear of the distal Biceps or Triceps tendons
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament injury (UCL Injury)
  • Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Why Is This a Better Option?

Regenerative medicine with stem cells or platelet rich plasma (PRP) may speed the healing of chronic elbow pain, thereby creating pain free elbow movement. Often patients can resume exercising, playing sports or participate in any activity involving arm movement without worrying about pain.

For injured athletes and sports persons it is very ground breaking that they can revert to their sport without needing months long physical rehabilitation required after surgery. By choosing regenerative medicine over surgery, patients minimize a great amount of risk and the long lasting impacts that a surgery potentially brings.

Being non-invasive and non-surgical with promising results, stem cell and/or PRP procedures are worth trying. If considered in the long run, stem cell and PRP procedures prove to be less costly as compared to surgery, which may have life altering impacts.

Stem Cell Therapy For Wrist Pain

Regenesis treats many conditions of the hand and wrist including, but not limited to:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Instability
  • Trigger finger
  • Basal Joint Arthritis or CMC/Carpometacarpal Arthritis
  • Hand arthritis
  • Ligament strains or tears
  • Tendon damage

The Regenesis stem cell therapy for arthritis and other injuries and conditions in the hand joints and wrist, utilizes your own stem cells and/or blood platelet growth factors to help repair damaged areas that are causing pain.

Dr. Charles Lee has specialized training and credentialing in Regenerative Orthopedic Injections and Stem Cell Harvesting and Isolation.