Stem cell therapy, Lipogems® adipose tissue transfer and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment can provide relief from pain or a reduced range of motion for people suffering from hand or wrist arthritis or other conditions of the hand.
The hand and wrist have multiple small joints and therefore arthritis can occur in many areas.
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more of your joints and the most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is more common and is caused by the cartilage wearing away. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease which causes the joint lining to swell and leads to pain and stiffness in the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis often starts in the small joints of the hands and feet.
Treatment initially involves anti-inflammatory medicines, splinting and corticosteroid injections. If these options don’t work, joint fusions (which relieve pain but stop joint motion) or joint replacements can be performed.
Carpal tunnel syndrome causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. It occurs when one of the main nerves to the hand – the median nerve – is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist.
Initially symptoms can be relieved through wearing a wrist splint or avoiding certain activities.
But if the pressure on the median nerve continues, it can lead to nerve damage and worsening symptoms. To prevent permanent damage, patients may be recommended surgery to take the pressure off the median nerve.
These conditions and other injuries to the hand and wrist can be treated with stem cell therapy, Lipogems® adipose tissue transfer and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment which avoids the need for surgery and enables people to return to normal activities sooner.
Hand and wrist conditions which can be treated with Lipogems® and PRP therapy include: