Hands and wrists are utterly amazing. They dictate most of our lives by allowing us to do everything from the most mundane to complex of tasks throughout our day.
As amazing as they are, they are as equally complex. Our hands are comparatively small parts of our bodies against other things like our legs or back. Yet they contain 27 bones, a total interstate of ligaments, tendons, joints, nerves and muscles that work with one another in a beautifully delicate balance.
So when you suffer from a hand and wrist injury and you’re dealing with chronic pain, it might seem like you need a complex procedure to find healing.
It turns out that there are a lot of ways to protect your joints and ease your pain. But none of those solutions require surgery or pain medications, and that’s what we’d like to cover in this blog post.
With as much use as our hands get every single day from normal everyday motions, they naturally go through a lot of wear and tear that can lead to rather painful conditions.
If left untreated, these conditions can lead to things like chronic pain in the hand and numbness, both of which can limit how much you can move or operate the hand.
Hand and wrist injuries are so common that there are even names for the injuries such as “gamers thumb” and “skiers’ thumb.” Those names come from the hand doing the same motion repeatedly for a long amount of time.
Our hands play such a crucial role in our daily lives that any injury keeping us from using them the way they are meant to be used can be debilitating and even take away some of our freedoms or ways of life.
The questions that we must then ask ourselves is: Can anything be done once we injure our hands or wrists? Are we doomed to live a life in pain? Will we lose total range of motion? Will our hands require intensive surgery to repair the damage, possibly putting us even further off track?
These thoughts can be overwhelming and scary!
Thankfully, steroid injections and reconstructive surgery are no longer the only options to get us better.
In fact, while these injections and surgeries can help provide some relief, they can actually cause you to experience additional problems over time and only make matters worse. There is another option to help promote healing—an option known as regenerative therapy.
Regenerative therapy is a treatment option that does not come with a lifetime of medications or shots, braces or chronic pain in the future. It uses stem cell therapy, PRP therapy and prolotherapy to help the patient’s natural stem cells get motivated to work overtime and rebuild the injured tissues in the hand.
Regenerative therapies, like the ones mentioned above, are used everyday to treat a whole multitude of hand and wrist conditions, some of which never had a cure before now.
Stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and prolotherapy can help treat hand and wrist conditions like:
- Arthritis that is at the joint of the thumb (inflammation in the cartilage of the thumb joint)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (numbness, pain and tingling in the hand from a pinched wrist nerve)
- “Skier’s sprain” (medically referred too as a chronic thumb sprain)
- Tendonitis along the thumb and along the side of the wrist (medically referred to as De Quervain’s Tendonitis)
- “Trigger finger” (medically referred to as flexor tendon nodules), a result of tendon nodule handing and popping past the tendon sheath.
- Ganglion cyst (a mass that forms under the skin right on the joint of the wrist)
- Mallet finger (the inability to straighten the furthest joint from the hand)
- Boutonniere deformity (the inability to straighten the middle joint)
- Wrist arthritis (inflammation in the cartilage of the wrist joints)
- Wrist sprain (the tearing or stretching of wrist ligaments)
Thanks to advanced regenerative therapies, patients now have the ability to find treatment without having to undergo painful injections or surgical intervention. These therapy options use the body’s own tissue to start the healing process. The process takes the patient’s stem cells or plasma that is rich in blood platelets and injects them into the area that is causing pain.
The solution that is injecting into the area is slightly irritating but stimulates the body’s responses and encourages it to increase the blood flow to the area in pain.
If your doctors have told you that you have a condition in your hand and wrist that may cause pain or numbness for the foreseeable future, you do not have to immediately sink into despair. Talk to us about a regenerative therapy option that could help you live a pain-free life with total range of motion in your hands and wrists.