Stem Cell Therapy: Treating the Matter at Hand

Arthritis is one of the leading causes of disability among adults in the United States, and hand arthritis in particular can really affect a patient’s quality of life. While there are several treatment options available, most are invasive and require a significant amount of downtime for recovery.

Non-surgical stem cell and blood platelet procedures, on the other hand, can help relieve pain or reduced range of motion in the hand without being too invasive. Common hand conditions that may be able to receive nonsurgical stem cell treatment include:

  • Hand arthritis

  • Basal joint arthritis or thumb carpometacarpal (CMC) arthritis

  • Instability

  • TFCC tear

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Trigger finger

Both arthritis in the hand joints and thumb CMC/basal joint arthritis can show up for people early in life due to the constant swiveling and pivoting motions of the basal joint – which tends to wear out easily. For some people, total joint reconstruction can improve the condition, but new thumb-related problems can develop over time and cause symptoms like numbness, tenderness, or reduced range of motion. 

Using a patient’s own stem cells can help repair damaged areas that are causing pain without having to resort to total joint replacement. Stem cells come from your own body. The body keeps a supply of stem cells to help repair injured and degenerated tissues. In many cases, stem cells are harvested from the bone marrow in the back of the hip – called the iliac bone. The harvesting procedure is well tolerated by patients and is conveniently performed in a same-day, outpatient setting under ultrasound or x-ray precision and guidance.

The entire protocol actually involves completing a series of injections over the course of one week that include a preinjection, the same-day stem cell extraction and reinjection procedure, and then a post-injection of multiple proprietary platelet mixes. 

Find out today if you’re a good candidate for stem cell therapy and what the next steps are to get your life back on track without debilitating hand pain.