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October 12, 2013

Thumb Arthritis Treated Successfully With Stem Cells

thumb pain

At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we acknowledge the pain and restriction in range of motion associated with thumb arthritis.

Is there medical evidence that surgery for thumb arthritis is better than no surgery?  NO!

The latest large review of medical studies by Wajon contained little information that compared thumb surgery to non operative treatments.  Of note was the fact that participants who underwent trapeziectomy with ligament reconstruction and tendon interposition, 22% had adverse effects.  Adverse effects included  scar tenderness, tendon adhesion or rupture, sensory change, or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Have stem cells been used successfully?  Yes!

Stem cell therapy is an alternative to traditional thumb surgery.

We just had a paper accepted for publication which examined the benefits of culture expanded Regenexx in the treatment of thumb arthritis.  This is a prospective, case series  with Six OA patients and four controls.  The mean reported pain relief was significantly higher +60%.

If you have thumb pain consider your options carefully.

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1 Comment »

  1. I’ve got a medial malleolus I’d like them to try that on.

    Comment by grayhearth — October 12, 2013 @ 8:30 pm


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