At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine, we commonly use stem cell therapy to treat hand pain, and a wide range of hand-related conditions and injuries. Our center provides state-of-the-art nonsurgical procedures such as stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to relieve hand pain and improve quality of life. Stem cell therapy often times removes the need for surgery, making it possible for patients to get back to the activities they love most as quickly as possible.
Commonly Treated Hand Conditions & Injuries Using Stem Cell Therapy
Osteoarthritis of the hand is one of the most common reasons for hand pain amongst our patients; with almost 7 million Americans over the age of 25 affected – this number rising to around 8 million for those over 60 – it’s not hard to understand why. Other common conditions include trigger finger, a tendonitis condition affecting the tendons of the hand often resulting in locking and catching of the fingers, and basal joint arthritis which can cause pain at the base of the thumb and can often limit ones ability to perform heavy gripping activities including opening jars or twisting heavy door knobs.
While injuries and conditions relating to the hand are often experienced by a variety of patients, each case is considered on an individual basis. If you are a good candidate for regenerative medicine, the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine will provide the best treatment option for your specific situation.
Common hand conditions and injuries treated with stem cell therapy:
Basal joint arthritis
Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC)
Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy for Hand Pain
Many professional athletes choose to undergo stem cell therapy as an alternative to surgery since it is a minimally invasive procedure. With stem cell therapy, patients can avoid lengthy postoperative immobilization. Without the need for a long recovery period, patients are able to return to normal daily activities soon after the procedure. There is little to no risk involved in stem cell therapy as the procedure consists of using your own cells for healing.
How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells found in our bodies that have the unique characteristic to self-renew. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate and in turn repair damaged or injured tissue. At the Orlando Center for Regenerative Medicine we only use your own mesenchymal stem cells, or adult stem cells, to promote healing in the body. We aspirate these cells from your bone marrow found in the pelvis, or iliac crest. We use bone marrow from the iliac crest because research has found that this part of our body contains a very high amount of adult stem cells. When a concentrated source of these adult cells are placed in the proper environment of the body, they are able to differentiate into cells that are a part of the musculoskeletal system, allowing the advancement of healing in bones, tendons, cartilage, and ligaments.
The Stem Cell Therapy Treatment Process
Many patients find stem cell therapy to be a pain-free procedure with little to no downtime, post-procedure. Our center uses advanced, state of the art equipment for each and every procedure performed in our office. Before being considered for a regenerative medicine procedure, such as stem cell therapy, you must have a consultation with our team in order to ensure that you are a good candidate for the treatment. After being approved for the procedure, you will be provided with a list of medication and supplements that should be avoided pre- and post-procedure. There are some medications, such as anti-inflammatories, that may hinder the healing process for stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
The procedure is performed in one of our beautiful treatment rooms under the guidance of an ultrasound machine. The procedure begins by cleaning and numbing the skin and bone around the pelvis area. A special needle is then inserted into the iliac crest in order to harvest stem cells located in the bone marrow blood. This process of aspiration is usually painless and is carefully done by one of our doctors.
Once the proper amount of bone marrow blood has been obtained, the tube of blood is spun in a high-spinning centrifuge in our facility. The machine concentrates the blood mixture so that the highest amounts of stem cells are separated from other cells. There is no other manipulation to these cells other than the simple process of centrification. This concentrated source of powerful stem cells is then re-injected into the area of pain or injury in order to promote healing in the body.
These procedures are considered minimally invasive and are done on an outpatient basis. We ask patients to expect that the procedure will last 90 minutes.