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Can Regenerative Medicine Help You Avoid Hand Surgery?

Have you been told that invasive surgery or long term pain pills are the only way to treat your symptoms of arthritis in your hands? New research using stem cells proves that you may have another option. 

Stem cell treatment for hand pain is becoming one of the most popular treatment options thanks to new studies that have unveiled its many benefits. 

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Pain in your fingers and hands may be stopping you from doing what you love? This new treatment may get you back in the swing of things again.

According to the National Health Institute, “stem cell research is one of the most fascinating areas of contemporary biology, but, as with many expanding fields of scientific inquiry, research on stem cells raises scientific questions as rapidly as it generates new discoveries.”

In this article, we’ll dive into what we know about stem cells for hand pain and how this exciting new medical breakthrough may be your best alternative to surgical treatment. 

What You Need to Know About Hand and Wrist Pain

Your hands and wrists are made up of many different bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles that allow you to have a wide range of movements. 

Take a second to consider all the things you do with your hands every single day, it’s really quite incredible. 

The human body is certainly a fascinating machine, and your hands are no exception. There are a lot of factors at play that enables you to do the things you want and need to do on a daily basis. 

Hand and wrist pain are very common, and it’s easy to see why. We use our wrists and hands constantly throughout the day, and the repetitive motions can damage them. Activities like typing, sewing, racquet sports, and more can easily cause pain and other more serious conditions. 

Common causes of wrist pain include; sprains and strains, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, gout, and arthritis. 

Types of Arthritis in Hands

Arthritis is the progressive wearing down of the cartilage that lies between your joints. When cartilage is worn down enough, you start to experience bone wearing on bone, which can be quite painful and debilitating. 

There are two common types of arthritis in the hands that you may suffer from; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. According to the Cleveland Clinic, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in the hands and wrists.

Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis and it can affect one or more joints, anywhere in your body. This type of arthritis usually occurs later in your life and is common in the hands as well as other larger joints, like your knees and hips. 

The other type of arthritis we commonly see is rheumatoid arthritis. This is an inflammatory and autoimmune disease that can affect your entire body. It’s very common for rheumatoid arthritis to begin in the hands or wrist and then spread to other joints in the body.  

Arthritis in Fingers & Thumbs

Your fingers and thumbs are one of the most prone areas to getting arthritis, and your risk factors increase as you age. Most people with arthritis in their fingers begin to notice a slight pain at the base of their thumb or finger that slowly progresses into a more severe pain that will limit their ability to use their hands and perform daily life functions.  

Symptoms of Arthritis in Hands

The most common symptoms of arthritis in hands include: 

  • Severe pain in some or all of your joints; this can include joints in your fingers, wrists and thumbs.
  • Bony, knob-like growths developing on your finger joints, or under the skin on your hands. 
  • Numbness and/or tingling sensations in your fingers.
  • Red, swollen, or warm-to-the-touch joints. 
  • Stiffness in your fingers, particularly in the morning hours.
  • Difficulty with gripping or twisting things with your hands, I.e. opening a jar. 

How Do Stem Cells for Hand Pain Work?

Stem cells are naturally occurring cells that were designed to regenerate, rebuild, and repair injuries in your body. Your body is made up of millions of cells. Stem cells are the only ones that have the natural ability to regenerate and create new cell types with specialized functions. They have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help to get you back in the flow of life by reducing pain because of less inflammation.

Stem cell shots have anti-inflammatory properties, coupled with powerful growth factors and cytokines that allow your body to rebuild your injured or arthritic joints. 

The most exciting thing about stem cell shots is that they are a completely natural and synthetic alternative to invasive surgery. 

Research has shown that stem cell therapy for injured joints in your hands may heal your injury right at the source of the pain, not just mask it. Patients experience dramatically lower pain, and in certain instances, complete pain relief and healing for an extended period of time, when compared with conventional treatment methods. 

Another major benefit of stem cell therapy is that your body gets to rebuild tissue on its own, in a healthy and natural way. Surgical treatments, on the other hand, place metal and plastic parts inside your body that your immune system will actively try to fight against, causing you to potentially experience additional problems. 

Stem Cell Shot Benefits

This leads us into the stem cell shot benefits, which are plentiful. New and exciting research is being conducted each day that brings to light the amazing benefits of using stem cells for hand pain. 

The main benefit to stem cell shots, other than the fact that they effectively work to heal your joint pain, is that patients experience a faster, less painful recovery when compared to surgical intervention.

Once stem cells are injected by a medical professional from, they go to work healing your joints almost immediately and continue to regenerate for several weeks following your initial injection.  

When you choose stem cell therapy over surgery for your hand pain, you can get back to your normal routine and daily activities much faster and easier. With stem cell shots, there is little to no recovery time needed, and no need for dangerous pain pills during the process. 

We have a number of patients who wanted to get out to play golf, but due to the pain, they just could not enjoy the game. But after getting the treatment they were able to not only get out to play again, they played with the least amount of discomfort in years.

There are no guarantees, yet the results are there for people who play instruments, cook, garden, play golf, or even if you just want to be able to open a jar of jelly like you used to be able to do. The pain relief frees you to do several things you used to do.

In fact, most stem cell patients report that they were able to resume their normal work or activities immediately following their injection. Additionally, patients report enjoying more freedom and movement in their hands, with less pain, in a matter of just weeks following their stem cell shot. 

Many patients report experiencing significant relief in less than one month after their shot. Doesn’t that sound amazing? 

Now we always say expect to see the results in about 90 days. But it’s not uncommon to experience positive results in much less time.

How Long Does Stem Cell Therapy Last?

If you’re thinking that the benefits sound too good to be true, think again. Stem cells for hand pain treatment are a long-term, long-lasting solution. 

While the use of stem cells is still relatively new, preliminary research shows that patients who undergo stem cell therapy have results that last them for years to come. 

Side Effects of Arthritis Pills

Now that you know more about how stem cells can help you relieve hand pain and arthritis, it’s also important that you are aware of some of the other treatment options. 

We already mentioned surgical intervention, which is a major procedure that requires months of healing and rehabilitation to restore functionality in your hands. 

Another common form of treatment for hand and wrist pain is the use of arthritis pills. There are many side effects of arthritis pills, and you guessed it, most of them are not positive. 

Some of the common side effects of this form of treatment include: 

  • Heartburn
  • Upset stomach and stomach ulcers
  • Blood clots 
  • Heart attack 
  • Stroke
  • Cataracts
  • Bone loss
  • Swelling
  • And more 

Sounds scary, right? The worst part is, arthritis pills work only to mask the pain, they don’t have the ability to actually heal your condition. 

While some people may argue that stem cell research is still too new to be trusted, the positive results speak for themselves.  

Although surgical treatments still play a major role in healthcare, it is important to know that that is not your only option now. You now have the choice to utilize regenerative therapy as an alternative to healing your hand pain. 

Neither surgery nor stem cell therapy for hand pain is guaranteed, but it should be comforting to know that you don’t have to jump into a costly, painful surgery that requires months of healing. Thanks to advanced research and technology, you have a safer, more natural option that just may be the new standard of care in the future.  

Tiffany Campbell

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