Alternatives To Surgery For Common Hand Issues
Hand and wrist pain can lead to a difficult life. To find relief, you may think that surgery is your only option. Fortunately, there are other treatment options offered that can help you find relief from hand pain, quickly and effectively.
Common Hand Injuries
There are a handful of common hand injuries that you can suffer from. If you are suffering from any of the following, you could find relief through regenerative medicine.
Carpal Tunnel – Carpal tunnel syndrome is essentially caused by a compressed nerve in an individual’s arm. It can result in reduced range of motion, shooting pains, aches, and an uncomfortable burning feeling.
Trigger Finger – Trigger finger is a medical condition that causes the finger to “lock in place” when an individual attempts to extend it. This condition can be extremely painful for the patient and is normally most intense first thing in the morning. It is not difficult to diagnose trigger finger, and you may notice a lump in the palm of your hand. If you expect that you may be experiencing trigger finger, a doctor will conduct a series of simple, external exams to get to the root of the issue.
Tennis Elbow – Tennis elbow is when there is irritation of the tissue that connects your forearm muscle to your elbow. The pain usually occurs on the outside of the elbow, but can sometimes impact the forearm and wrist. Repetitive wrist and arm motion is the main cause of tennis elbow and treatment can vary, depending on each patient.
Thumb Arthritis – Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints causing pain and often affecting the joints in your hand and wrist. This can worsen with age and cause stiffness, swelling, tenderness and reduce mobility. Even through arthritis is caused by the body’s immune system, it can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.
It will depend on the severity of your hand injury and how long you have been experiencing the pain, so you should always be evaluated by a doctor to get the best treatment options.
Surgery is always an option, but it can be scary and risky. Additionally, it takes quite some time to recover. Other nonsurgical options are available that are more effective and less risky. To help with chronic and degenerative nerve and joint injuries, you can choose regenerative medicine for treatment. This treats issues by replacing, engineering, or generating human cells, tissues or organs where they can function.
Stem Cell Therapy – Stem cell therapy helps heal injuries using your body’s own capability. The stem cells are harvested from fats, which is obtained from your own fat after a mini-liposuction procedure. The fat is then placed in the centrifuge, where it isolates the fat from stem cells. The concentration of the dense fat tissue is injected into the joints, tendons or ligaments. This treatment uses the body’s natural ability to regenerate cells to repair and restore the tissue, which will expedite healing with better results compared to traditional surgery.
PRP Platelet Rich Plasma – A PRP Injection accelerates the healing of tendons and soft tissue conditions. Blood is drawn and goes through a series of centrifuge spins, which increases the concentration in the blood. This is then injected into the impacted area to ignite healing. There are times that a series of injections are needed for optimal health for a torn tendon.
Endotech Nerve Release System – the minimally invasive hand surgery option is a different technique, unlike ordinary surgery. Only the smallest incision possible is made, leaving less pain and less downtime with a fast recovery. The procedure uses only a 1-2 inch small incision compared to a large incision. No sutures are needed and only a band-aid is used as a bandage. Additionally, the procedure leaves surrounding tissues unharmed. Recovery time is only 1 week, where it can take 6 to 8 weeks after traditional hand surgery. You will get the most effective treatment with the Endotech Nerve Release System since it gives the surgeon better visibility to increase safety during the process.
Fitz Hand Institute
At the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute, you will have the option of different regenerative medicine procedures. Patients will receive only the best care from double certified surgeon, Dr. Fitzmaurice and his friendly staff. The right care, expertise, and treatment is all important, but the availability of your hand surgeon also comes into play. Dr. Fitzmaurice also offers urgent hand care in Scottsdale. Pain can happen at any time and you can rest easy knowing that you can call at all hours of the day and night to find relief from the best.