Fans of famous sports teams like the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Lakers may be familiar with the use of stem cells and other regenerative medicine treatments to treat chronic orthopedic problems and sports injuries that might otherwise threaten the careers of some of their favorite professional athletes.
In recent years, regenerative medicine has made great strides in helping doctors treat everything from shoulder injuries to carpal tunnel syndrome in ordinary patients from all walks of life. At the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix, Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice, who also pioneered the Endotech system for minimally invasive hand and wrist surgery, uses treatments for injuries to the upper extremities.
How Does it Work?
Treatments replicate the body’s natural healing mechanisms and properties, using a patient’s own blood for platelet rich plasma, or stem cells to treat chronic injuries that may not otherwise respond to traditional treatments or surgery. Prolotherapy, stem cell therapy, and more treatments can also be used in conjunction with surgery to help speed up the healing and recovery process for certain injuries.
Types of Regenerative Medicine Treatments
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – Can help to advance healing and recovery through the injection of a concentrated dose of growth factor healing agents found in platelets from the patient’s own blood.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) – A treatment for injured and painful joints suffering from cartilage degeneration. HA is a gel-like formula that replaces the naturally occurring fluid that lubricates the joints in the body.
Amniotic Stem Cells – Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into many different types of cells, making them an invaluable treatment option for nerve and connective tissue damage and injuries.
Hand and Wrist Injuries Treated with Regenerative Medicine at the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Phoenix:
- Nerve Damage
- Tendon Injuries
Hand surgeon in Phoenix
To learn more about regenerative medicine and minimally invasive treatments, or if you are experiencing pain or are suffering from a hand injury, contact Phoenix hand surgeon Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice at (480) 526-5106 to schedule an appointment today!