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Get a Grip!

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Dr. Dan Levesque, DC
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     Dropping items, inability to open jars/lids and trouble buttoning garments are just a few of the aggravations commonly experienced by sufferers of arthritis in the hands and fingers. Deterioration of the thumb joint, arthritic nodules on the knuckles and stiffness in the fingers can make normal daily activities arduous and painful. Severe cases of arthritis in the hands leave many patients literally crippled. Besides pain medication and topical rubs, traditional medicine offers very little hope for this problem. Prescription arthritis medicine is expensive, taxing on the body and rarely does much either.

     Many patients with arthritis in the hands, wrists and fingers suffer with both pain and eventually disfigurement. As the joints deteriorate and spurs get bigger, this becomes evident as swollen, painful nodules develop. Soon the finger joints stiffen causing many sufferers to either have trouble completely closing their hand or their fingers draw inward to the point they can no longer open their hand. Either way, the end result is an inability to grasp items and use the hands for functional tasks. Most patients start out with pain and weakness of their grip. For many, the deterioration of the thumb joint is the first noticeable effect, causing much pain at the base of the thumb when trying to open twist-off lids or hold a cup.

     While the positive effects of treating degenerative knees, hips and shoulders with regenerative medicine are becoming more known, few are aware this new branch of medicine can also be very effective for the smaller joints as well. Requiring a smaller needle than the larger joint, regenerative medicine injections into the fingers, knuckles and base of the thumb can be very helpful in both reducing pain and improving range of motion. Combined with certain movements and exercises for the hands, rehabilitation can also be very important for regaining function and improving grip strength.

     At Solutions, we have treated many patients with severe arthritis in the hands and fingers using regenerative medicine and see good results. While we have not seen complete recovery in severe cases, most patients respond in some manner and are able to regain some amount of functional activity. Overall we see much better results with regenerative medicine for arthritis in the knuckles, hands and fingers than what traditional treatment offers. If you suffer with pain in your fingers, hands or wrist, an evaluation to find out if regenerative medicine can help you is worth your time.


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