What about Stem Cells for the Wrist?

What about Stem Cells for the Wrist?

 

Stem Cell Procedures for Wrist and Hand: Advances in the care of the aging athlete

Dear Dr. Sheinkop

I am a 37-year-old avid tennis enthusiast who qualified for the Maccabian Games this summer but I may not make it because of a chronic and progressive wrist injury that has put me on “an injured reserve status”. Any chance you could help me? I have been offered several surgical options; each would require six to 18 month rehabilitation and little hope of returning to tennis.

Dear Dr. Sheinkop

At age 57,with an early retirement, I had planned to spend a good part of the day in the gym and playing golf. Now my dominant right wrist is so impaired from an old injury that I can’t do a thing. I have been offered a wrist fusion with the expectation of a permanent stiffening. What about stem cells?

Dear Dr. Sheinkop

I am 68 and, have experienced an increasing amount of pain in my left wrist from an old rugby injury, which I tolerated with the help of a brace these past five years (I am right-handed). The pain is now keeping from a good night’s sleep. I have been offered a wrist fusion. Would a stem cell intervention help?

My three candidates to date are not a series but “I think we can help you” is not overpromising. Regenexx has supplied me with a sound scientific basis and every patient I am treating adds to the body of evidence.  The 57-year-old fitness and golfing enthusiast underwent a Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate / Stem Cell intervention three weeks ago. The 68-year-old is a close friend, my cycling, skiing and fly-fishing companion. Eight weeks ago he underwent a BMAC/Stem Cell procedure. He no longer has pain, no longer is wearing his brace, sleeps through the night, and together with our wives will be introducing our granddaughters to skiing in Colorado this week.

The youngest of the three is my son-in-law, the father of the previously mentioned grand-daughter. He will undergo the Stem Cell intervention during the last week in February. I am going forward as a skeptical scientist but the more procedures I do for the knee and the hip for which I monitor outcomes, the more evidence amasses to support my moving forward.

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