Hand shape has evolved to protect our relatively delicate musculoskeletal system, however, our hands are still susceptible to injury. Anything from Carpel Tunnel Syndrome to nerve injuries can be downright debilitating. While many hand and wrist pain results online suggest that surgery is the best course of action for your pain, it is important to remember that there are a variety of reasons why you shouldn’t have surgery.
Surgery should be a last resort for pain management. Even WebMD acknowledges that surgery as a way to manage pain is fairly uncommon. It is usually only considered after all other options have been exhausted. There’s a reason for this: while surgery may provide pain relief, it can also “permanently damage your ability to perceive other sensations, such as light touch and temperature changes.” The latter is a horrifying concept given that our hands are usually the first that will touch a hot or cold object. If our hands are incapable of perceiving temperature, damage is likely to occur.
What are the Alternatives to Hand and Wrist Surgery?
So we have already briefly discussed the potential harms that can occur with Hand and Wrist Surgery, so what exactly are the alternatives? At Metropolitan Pain Consultants we offer two different forms of regenerative medicine to help with a number of conditions. Both nonsurgical methods are injectable based and utilize a patient’s own blood to help cure an injured site.
For both Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) a pain specialist will draw blood from the patient. Once the sample is drawn, the doctor will place the object into a centrifuge where it will be spun to separate the various blood layers (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma). Following this the doctor will inject the newly separated sample back into the injured area.
A normal injection is usually around 20 minutes per treatment. The normal injury usually requires 1 to 3 injections while more severe injuries may require more. Typically, these forms of regenerative medicine heals the injected area over a span of one to three months. However, these results will vary on a patient-to-patient basis.
Can Regenerative Medicine Help My Hand and Wrist?
Depending on the severity of your injuries, yes regenerative medicine should be able to help your pain. Both PRP and BMC injections have been shown to help the following hand and wrist injuries:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Flexor Tendon Injuries
- Joint Pain
- Nerve Injuries
If your are in pain and believe you may need Hand and Wrist Surgery, please contact us for an evaluation and consultation. With a pain specialist, you will learn more about the nonsurgical alternatives that may suit you. Please call us at 201-729-0001 to see if regenerative therapy is right for you. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. You can find our clinics in West Orange, Aberdeen, and Lyndhurst.