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August 26, 2010

Thumb Pain: Stem Cell Therapy

Our thumbs are critical.  They enable  us to perform important functions such as shifting gears on our bikes, planting poles in mogul fields and opening bottles of wine.

Repetitive activities including texting can led to thumb pain and dysfunction.

Arthritis of the thumb, knows as the CMC (carpometacarpal) joint is  more common in women.

Conservative therapy includes physical therapy, trial of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, night splints and corticosteroid injections.

Surgical therapies include large invasive procedures which include fusion of the joint, tendon wrap or joint replacement all of which are painful and have limited success.

Now patients have a non surgical alternative.  The Regenexx procedure allows patients to use their own mesenchumal stem cells for many orthopedic conditions including thumb arthritis.  We have completed a 1 year follow-up on 6 patients who underwent the Regenexx procedure.  The average reported relief by the patients was 70% with over 80% of them reporting more than 50% relief and 66% reporting more than 75% relief.  No of the patients went on to surgery.

Salute to our own regenerative properties.

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