Wrist & Hand Pain 

Has pain in your thumb, fingers, or hand left you feeling frustrated or reliant on pain pills? Or has wrist pain from carpal tunnel syndrome or a cartilage tear become unbearable?

We’ve got you covered! The team at Caring Medical specializes in Comprehensive Prolotherapy, which we call the “Hackett-Hemwall-Hauser (H3) technique,” Platelet Rich Plasma, Stem Cell therapy, Nerve Release and Regeneration, and more. We help nearly every type of chronic musculoskeletal pain in the fingers, hands, and wrists. Each treatment protocol is uniquely designed for maximum effectiveness by stimulating the repair of damaged tissue, including nerves, and correcting any underlying joint instability. To obtain the ideal results with Regenerative Medicine, it is necessary to thoroughly treat the areas, not just one injection of stem cells into a joint. Because we centralize our treatments around this understanding, more of our patients reach their functional goals, whether that is being able to return to work, restart their favorite hobbies, or once again perform household tasks independently.

The majority of painful symptoms in the wrist, hand, and fingers are due to joint instability. Until the joint instability is resolved, symptoms will persist. Joint instability is caused because the ligaments that hold the joints together and allow for proper movement become overstretched or torn. This allows for destructive joint motions, just like a loose hinge on a cabinet leads to the wearing down of the cabinet door. Joint instability causes or aggravates every condition associated with hand and wrist pain.

Chronic pain in the wrists and hands is primarily due to the type of work people perform in a modern high-tech society. Pain is often aggravated by specific sports and workouts when the joint is not strong enough to handle the force.

Additionally, smartphone syndrome and thumb pain have become increasingly common pain complaints. The repetitive motions of the upper extremities eventually wear out the ligamentous support of the wrists and thumbs. The end result is loose joints that cause pain and stiffness. Sudden injuries, such as to the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), can also result in joint instability. Acute injuries are at high risk of becoming chronic conditions if traditional treatments like cortisone or ibuprofen applied when regenerative options would be a better choice.

Symptoms caused by Wrist Instability

  • Aching
  • Crepitation with movement
  • Loss of motion
  • Loss of muscle strength
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbiness in fingers
  • Popping
  • Referral hand and finger pain
  • Swelling
  • Wrist pain

These symptoms can be signs of the following wrist, hand, and finger pain conditions caused by wrist, hand, and finger instability that we commonly treat with Prolotherapy.

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Finger and Thumb Osteoarthritis and Joint Instability on Ultrasound

Finger Physical Exam with Ultrasound to Check for Joint Instability

Prolotherapy Treatment for Wrist, Hand, & Finger Pain

Prolotherapy is the only treatment that addresses joint instability directly by attracting growth factors to repair the ligaments right where they attach to the bones. Prolotherapy injections start the healing process to cause the growth of ligaments that stabilize these joints. Once the ligaments return to normal strength, the chronic pain is eliminated, as well as the degenerative cascade that leads to arthritis. In more severe cases of tendon, ligament, and cartilage degeneration, Stem Cell Therapy or Platelet Rich Plasma make excellent Prolotherapy solutions.

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When nerve entrapment is evident as is the case of carpal tunnel syndrome, Nerve Release and Regeneration Injection Therapy (NRRIT) is often the treatment of choice. Sometimes a combination of techniques is needed to turn the condition around and provide enough repair to the ligaments that the condition resolves and degenerative joint motions stop. NRRIT is used to free up the median nerve compression immediately while Prolotherapy works in the long term to stabilize the carpal bones from allowing the nerve to become compressed again. This is a much better alternative to carpal tunnel surgery, and any patient contemplating surgery should first be assessed by a specialist who practices comprehensive Prolotherapy to determine the ideal long-term treatment.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Resolved with Prolotherapy

In our center, the long-term effect is what we are after. We are not another “pain management” or pop-up stem cell clinic. Patients travel to us from around the world because they want “pain resolution” and know that we care about the long-term health of the joint. Understand that the typical treatments done in pain clinics (corticosteroid injections, ibuprofen, or other NSAID) are only covering up the pain temporarily. The pain is an indication of tissue damage that is degenerating the joint. Degeneration needs REGENERATION, not more degenerative treatments or a “wait and see” which only allows the joint to degenerate further. Then, when it comes to Prolotherapy, these regenerative treatments need to be done in a comprehensive manner, not just one or two injections of stem cells. The solutions (even stem cells) need to be injected to all of the ligament attachments to thoroughly treat the joint. This is the only real way to trigger the long-term healing and resolution of symptoms. Remember, tissue repair happens over weeks and months after treatment. Only receiving a shot of stem cells or a couple injections is not typically thorough enough to strengthen enough of the joint to give the ideal results.

Let’s get that hand and wrist healed!

Many patients tell us that despite having static x-rays or MRI that might have shown “nothing” was wrong, nobody has taken the time to actually physically examine their wrist or put it through symptomatic motions to determine if there is ligament dysfunction. This is where we help a lot of patients get to the bottom of things! Two of our primary diagnostic tests are MSK ultrasound and DDR Motion x-ray where we can stress the joints and examine your wrist, hands, and fingers for destructive joint motion and other abnormalities that can account for your ongoing symptoms.

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You deserve the best possible results from your treatment. Let’s make this happen! Talk to our team about your case to find out if you are a good candidate.