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Stem Cell Therapy

Musculoskeletal injuries are painful and may be life limiting. Surgical treatment often fails to heal well and require a lengthy recovery. Conservative treatments tend to provide only temporary symptom relief. Stem cell therapy offers the opportunity to heal worn out tissues and damage naturally, restore health and improve quality of life, without the need for surgery.

Stem cell therapy harnesses the regenerative capacity of naturally occurring stem cells and targets them to specific areas, to treat a diverse range of orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions. The goal is to reduce pain and improve function safely, and with low-risk.

Stem cell therapy can treat Osteoarthritis (OA), and ligament and tendon conditions of the hand and wrist. Conservative treatment involves anti-inflammatory medications, splinting, steroid injections and physical therapy. When this approach fails to relieve pain and improve function, joint surgery is often recommended.


The joints most frequently affected by OA are the hand, knee and hip. The hand and wrist contain many small joints that can be affected by OA. OA of the joints in the hand and fingers are common and cause a debilitating loss of function. The most frequent causes of wrist pain are OA of the wrist and the base of the thumb. The hand is challenging due to the smallness and complexity of the joints.

The base of the thumb allows us the ability to oppose our thumbs. Opposable thumbs are unique to humans. OA of the thumb in particular is significantly debilitating.

Studies report significant improvement in function from stem cell treatment for OA of large joints. Now studies report improved symptom relief and function in the smaller, and more frequently disabling joints of the hands. Nonsurgical injections and the use of stem cells to enhance surgery can treat wrist and hand joints affected by OA.

Ligament and tendon injuries frequently affect function. Stem cell therapy can improve ligament and tendon strength and reduce inflammation.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)

The carpal tunnel is a structure in the wrist through which the median nerve travels to innervate the wrist, fingers and hand. The carpal tunnel is surrounded by a ligament that can become inflamed narrowing the carpal tunnel and compressing the median nerve in the wrist. CTS accounts for 50% of all work-related activities.

It is caused by a combination of factors including heredity, repetitive hand use, prolonged periods of extension and flexion of the hand and wrist, pregnancy and some health conditions.

Symptoms include numbness, weakness and pain, and frequent dropping of things held in the hand. Patients are usually treated conservatively with steroid injections, splinting and activity changes to reduce compression, but this is often ineffective. If the compression is not relieved it can cause permanent nerve damage. When symptoms are severe and to prevent permanent nerve damage, surgery will be recommended to release the trapped nerve. Stem cell therapy reduces inflammation and pain and can restore function.

Trigger finger

Trigger finger is a condition where one finger becomes stuck in a bent position due to inflammation and thickening of the tendon of the affected finger, as a result of degeneration of the tendon structure. The swollen tendon causes pain and limits movement. Treatment is rest, splinting, pain medications and steroid injections to reduce swelling. Surgery is effective but stem cell therapy can help you avoid the need for surgery.

Stem cell therapy heals the inflammation and regenerates the damaged tendon. Pain resolves quickly in a week or two. Stem cell therapy can help you avoid surgery.

What are stem cells?

Stem cells are the body’s repair resource. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have the unique ability to replicate themselves, and develop into bone, cartilage, ligament and tendon cells which the body uses to maintain, repair and rebuild tissue.

MSCs naturally release anti-inflammatory compounds that decrease inflammation and pain and create new blood cells to feed cartilage generation and repair of tendons, ligaments and muscles. Stem cell therapy is beneficial to heal tissues like cartilage, tendons and ligaments that have a poor blood supply.

What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is the procedure that harnesses the regenerative capacity of naturally – occurring stem cells and targets them to specific areas, to treat a diverse range of orthopedic and sports injuries and conditions. The goal is to reduce pain and improve function safely, and with low-risk.

Advantages include accelerated healing and pain relief that can last for years, and in some cases, can permanently eliminate pain and disability. Stem cell therapy can reduce the need for extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation, usually necessary after surgery or an injury.

At Physicians Rehabilitation, every patient receives a customized treatment plan based on their needs and is designed to produce superior results. The health-restoring benefits improve quality of life and in some cases, patients can avoid surgical treatment and lengthy recovery. For your convenience, we have offices in Fort Myers, Lady Lake, Naples, Port Charlotte and Sun City Center Florida. Contact us to learn about how stem cell therapy can restore your health.


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