No other creature in the world has hands that can grasp, hold, and move like the human hands (and wrist)! Wear and tear on the hands and wrists is increasingly common in a world filled with hand-held devices and keyboards. Hands are one of our greatest assets so when trauma or overuse occurs, there are treatments in lieu of surgery to keep our hands healthy and moving freely.
In our fast-paced world of constant activity, making the best decision for treatment of a traumatic injury or a degenerative condition isn’t easy. What if surgery wasn’t the only option? At Nashville Regenerative Orthopedics, we envision a future where every patient recovers from their orthopedic procedures with minimal downtime. We treat injuries and degeneration of the hand and wrist non-surgically. Our regenerative stem cell and platelet rich plasma injections preserve the joint and tissues for long-term outcomes with high success rates in healing bone, joint, and soft tissue. Located here in Nashville, we offer the nation’s most advanced regenerative medicine.
The Hand and Wrist Joint
The wrist is a complex system of multiple bones and joints joining the hand to the forearm. The bones of the wrist include the distal ends (farthest away from the center of the body) of the radius and ulna (forearm bones), 8 carpal bones, and the proximal portions (nearest to the center of the body) of the 5 metacarpal bones (finger bones), see image to the right.
Symptoms and Causes of Hand and Wrist Joint Conditions
Symptoms of hand and wrist osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament tears, and other degenerative problems include tenderness or pain, reduced range of motion and lack of strength, reduced ability to hold items, as well as stiffness or swelling in the joint. Osteoarthritis pain is often described as a dull toothache, while carpal tunnel syndrome causes pins-and-needles or a tingling sensation.
- Traumatic: Bone fractures, microfractures, breaks, or tendon and ligament tears that occur during a fall, or direct impact to the small bones of the hand and wrist.
- Overuse: The hand and wrist can gradually wear causing microscopic tears to form in the tendons or stress in the bones making a person more susceptible to injuries. Any activity that involves repetitive wrist motion can inflame the tissues around the joints.
Diagnosis and Detection:
- X-rays – the hand and wrist are made of cartilage and isn’t visible on x-ray but this method can help detect or rule out fractures and breaks.
- MRI – both hard and solf tissues and their injuries are usually detectable in a MRI.
- Elecrtomyography (EMG) – This test may be ordered to rule out nerve compression. Symptoms of nerve compression are similar to those of tennis elbow.
Treatment Solutions with Regenexx Stem Cell Therapy Technology
Regenexx procedures are an excellent treatment plan for hand and wrist pain. Recently, studies have shown platelet rich plasma to be highly effective in treating hand and wrist osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament tears or laxity, and other degenerative conditions. Only in a severe injury would surgery be the better choice.
- Carpal Tunnel Sydrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness in the hand and arm. This occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand, the median nerve, is squeezed or compressed as it travels to the wrist.
- Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tear – TFCC Tear is a cartilage structure located on the baby finger side of the wrist that cushions and supports the small carpal bones in the wrist. It also keeps the forearm bones stable when grasping.
- Arthritis of carpometacarpal (CMC) joint/basal joint is common with aging and occurs when cartilage wears away from the ends of the bones that form the joint at the base of the thumb. According the the Mayo Clinic, thumb arthritis is the most common form of osteoarthritis.
Our non-surgical injection procedures offer a viable alternative for those suffering from hand and wrist pain who may be facing surgery. Our patients return more quickly to normal activity and avoid the painful and lengthy rehabilitation periods that are required following hand and wrist surgery and benefit from these advancements in biologics such as PRP and stem cells. Regenexx results in repairing bone, joint, and soft tissue are found to be highly effective in hand and wrist conditions.
At Regenexx, we invented a new approach to orthopedic care we call Interventional Orthopedics. This approach involves the use of image guidance (flouroscopy and ultrasound) to precisely place high-dose stem cells or platelets from your body directly where they are needed in a specific joint structure. These cells then work in the site of your injury to grow new, healthy tissue.
While total joint reconstruction surgery may improve the conditions for some, new problems can easily develop over time. As a result, many surgical patients go on to experience continued symptoms such as numbness, tenderness, or reduced range of motion or function.
Request More Information on Stem Cell Therapy and PRP for Hand and Wrist Arthritis Conditions
To find out if you might be a candidate for PRP or stem cells, complete our Regenexx Procedure Candidate form online.
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Dr. Ethan Kellum is a native of Henderson, Tennessee. He earned his medical degree from University of Tennessee Health and Science Center College of Medicine in Memphis. After a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Medical College of Georgia, he completed a surgical fellowship in sports medicine, shoulder, and advance arthroscopy at New England Baptist Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He served as assistant team physician for the NBA’s Boston Celtics, and Harvard and Tufts’ University athletics. His main focus is regenerative medicine and keeping patients out of the operating room.