Stem Cells for Thumb Arthritis
The carpometacarpal (CMC) joints are five joints in the wrist that articulate the distal row of carpal bones (the ones that connect the hand to the forearm) and the proximal bases of the five metacarpal bones (the bones leading up to just before the fingers). Some of the most common injuries occur to the first CMC joint, or the one associated with the thumb. Also known as the trapeziometacarpal (TMC) joint, it plays an irreplaceable role in the normal functioning of the thumb.
Osteoarthritis of the thumb can occur a number of ways. While the term “texting thumb” is often used since so many patients suffer from the condition due to frequent texting, it can occur a number of other ways. Softball injuries can result in thumb arthritis. Being active on a computer, playing frequent video games, or engaging in any number of other activities that put strain on the thumb can also result in thumb arthritis.
Recent studies have shown that injuries to the thumb or pain resulting from conditions such as thumb arthritis (sometimes loosely referred to as texting thumb) may be treated with stem cell therapy. Stem cells have shown promise through clinical trials in treating symptoms of many conditions including pain. In the case of thumb arthritis, the effects of microfracturing and bone marrow stem cell application were found to be positive with improved symptoms and function of the thumb. The results of this trial show promise for the effective treatment of thumb arthritis with stem cell therapy that utilizes mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), or stem cells with the ability to differentiate into multiple cell types.
At Stem Cells LA, we utilize up to 30 million umbilical cord blood stem cells along with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to treat conditions such as texting thumb. The stem cells are a heterogeneous mix of cells including MSCs and, when combined with PRP, the growth factors present in both solutions creates an optimal environment for treating symptoms of thumb arthritis. If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the thumb, contact Stem Cells LA today!
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Stem Cells LA is the best choice for stem cell therapy in Los Angeles. We utilize treatments of up to 30 million heterogeneous umbilical cord stem cells including mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for conditions including autoimmune disease, heart disease, orthopedic disease, neurological disease, urologic disease, erectile dysfunction and antiaging. We even use the restorative properties of stem cell treatments to help reduce healing time from procedures such as hair transplants and now offer stem cell therapy for neuropathy, arthritis and hair loss with stem cell-infused PRP therapy. Only a doctor can help you decide if stem cell and/or PRP treatments are right for you.
Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information