Traditional medicine offers few solutions when it comes to disease or injury to the soft tissues in your wrists and hands. Fortunately, the team of experts at the Global Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research (GIOSTAR) in Chicago offer regenerative medicine alternatives, including PRP therapy, harnessing your body’s own healing properties to repair tissue and restore function to your hands and wrists. Call today or book an appointment online to learn more.
What causes wrist and hand pain?
A number of acute injuries and chronic conditions can contribute to pain in the wrist, hand, and fingers. Perhaps the most frequent cause is arthritis, which is especially common in the base of the thumb. Many men and women experience the painful symptoms of arthritis and progressively lose their quality of life; even such small acts as trying to open a door can become unbearable.
Wrist sprains are another common cause of wrist pain, caused by inflammation and micro-tearing of the tendons that help flex and extend your wrist. Such injuries are common among women and men who frequently work with their hands.
How does traditional medicine address wrist, hand, and thumb pain?
Currently, traditional medicine offers only two solutions for painful conditions in the joints and soft tissues that make up your wrists and hands: corticosteroid injections and surgery.
Corticosteroid injections have fallen out of favor in recent years because they can lead to atrophy and predispose the tendons to injury. In some case, surgery is ineffective and requires a long recovery time. The general rule is if you can avoid surgery, do it!
How does regenerative medicine treat arthritis in the wrist and hand?
The goal of the GIOSTAR team is to provide every patient with the best opportunities for success and to avoid or significantly hinder the progression of arthritis early on. Every patient at GIOSTAR undergoes a multi-factorial analysis, so their provider can develop a unique and customized protocol that helps them enjoy life again and rediscover the activities they once cherished.
Using platelet-rich plasma (PRP), your provider uses the growth factors isolated in your blood to promote the repair and healing of damaged or diseased tissue, not to simply mask the symptoms as a steroid injection would.
Depending on the results of your multi-factorial analysis, your provider may also incorporate physical therapy into your treatment protocol.
What other wrist and hand conditions can be treated with regenerative medicine?
Regenerative medicine isn’t only effective in treating arthritis and wrist sprains. The treatment protocols offered at GIOSTAR can also effectively treat the following hand and wrist conditions:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ulnar tunnel syndrome
- Ganglion cyst aspiration flexor/extensor tendon injuries
- Trigger finger
Please fill out a medical review form to determine whether or not you are a candidate for this treatment. Call our office in Glenview, Illinois to learn more about stem cell treatment for wrist/hand pain.