Relieve Hand & Wrist Pain with PRP Therapy

Relieve Hand & Wrist Pain with PRP Therapy

Hand and wrist pain can be a debilitating condition that affects individuals of all ages and activity levels. This type of pain can stem from a variety of causes, including:

  • Overuse injuries, such as tendinitis or carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries, such as sprains, strains, or fractures
  • Nerve damage or compression

The severity of hand and wrist pain can range from mild discomfort to severe, chronic pain that significantly impacts daily activities and quality of life. Seeking appropriate treatment is essential for managing and relieving this type of pain.

One innovative treatment option that has gained attention in recent years is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. This regenerative approach offers a promising solution for those seeking to alleviate hand and wrist pain without the need for invasive surgery or long-term medication use.

What is PRP Therapy?

PRP therapy is a non-surgical, regenerative treatment that utilizes the patient’s own blood to promote healing and tissue repair. The process involves the following steps:

  1. A small sample of the patient’s blood is drawn, typically from the arm.
  2. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, which separates the various components of the blood, including the platelets.
  3. The concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then extracted and prepared for injection into the affected area.

Platelets are known for their high concentration of growth factors and signaling proteins, which play a crucial role in the body’s natural healing process. By injecting the patient’s own PRP directly into the site of injury or degeneration, PRP therapy aims to stimulate the body’s natural healing response, leading to reduced pain and improved function.

How does PRP Therapy work for Hand & Wrist Pain?

PRP therapy has been found to be particularly effective in treating various types of hand and wrist pain, including:

  • Osteoarthritis of the thumb, fingers, or wrist
  • Tendinitis, such as de Quervain’s tenosynovitis or tennis elbow
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic wrist pain

The growth factors and other bioactive molecules present in the PRP can help to:

  • Reduce inflammation and pain
  • Stimulate the regeneration of damaged or degenerated tissues
  • Improve blood flow and circulation to the affected area
  • Promote the formation of new, healthy tissue

By targeting the root cause of the pain, PRP therapy can provide long-lasting relief and potentially delay or even prevent the need for more invasive treatments, such as surgery.

Benefits of PRP Therapy for Hand & Wrist Pain

PRP therapy offers several key benefits for individuals suffering from hand and wrist pain:

  1. Minimally Invasive: PRP therapy is a non-surgical treatment that does not require general anesthesia or lengthy recovery times.
  2. Utilizes the Body’s Natural Healing Process: By using the patient’s own blood, PRP therapy harnesses the body’s natural healing capabilities to promote tissue repair and regeneration.
  3. Potential for Long-Lasting Relief: Many patients experience significant and long-lasting pain relief and improved function following PRP therapy.
  4. Reduced Risk of Complications: PRP therapy has a low risk of adverse effects, as it uses the patient’s own biological materials.
  5. Avoidance of Opioid Medications: PRP therapy can provide pain relief without the need for addictive opioid medications.

Recovery and Results of PRP Therapy for Hand & Wrist Pain

The recovery process following PRP therapy for hand and wrist pain can vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the individual’s response to the treatment. In general, patients can expect the following:

  • Immediate Post-Treatment: Patients may experience some mild discomfort or swelling at the injection site, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and ice packs.
  • Short-Term Recovery: Most patients can resume light, non-strenuous activities within a few days to a week, as tolerated.
  • Long-Term Recovery: The full benefits of PRP therapy, such as reduced pain and improved function, may take several weeks to several months to become fully apparent, as the body’s natural healing process is stimulated.

The results of PRP therapy for hand and wrist pain can be quite promising, with many patients reporting significant improvements in their symptoms and a reduced need for pain medication or other interventions. However, it’s important to note that individual results may vary, and some patients may require multiple treatments or a combination of therapies to achieve the desired outcomes.

Alternative Treatments for Hand & Wrist Pain

In addition to PRP therapy, there are several other treatment options available for individuals with hand and wrist pain, including:

  1. Conservative Treatments:
    • Rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
    • Physical therapy and hand/wrist exercises
    • Splinting or bracing to immobilize the affected area
  1. Corticosteroid Injections:
    • Provide temporary relief of inflammation and pain
    • May be used in conjunction with other therapies
  1. Surgical Interventions:
    • Arthroscopic or open surgical procedures to repair or remove damaged tissues
    • May be considered for severe, chronic, or unresponsive cases

It’s important to work closely with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment plan based on the individual’s specific condition, symptoms, and overall health.

Is PRP Therapy right for you?

If you are struggling with persistent hand or wrist pain, PRP therapy may be a viable treatment option worth considering. To determine if PRP therapy is the right choice for you, it’s recommended to consult with a healthcare provider who specializes in regenerative medicine or orthopedic care.

During the consultation, your provider will:

  • Perform a comprehensive evaluation to assess the underlying cause of your pain
  • Review your medical history and any previous treatments you have tried
  • Discuss the potential benefits and risks of PRP therapy, as well as any alternative treatment options
  • Develop a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs and goals

If you are interested in exploring PRP therapy for your hand or wrist pain, schedule a consultation with our team of experts today. We are dedicated to providing innovative, evidence-based treatments that can help you regain your quality of life and get back to the activities you enjoy. Contact us now to learn more and take the first step towards lasting pain relief.

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FREE Webinar: Not all PRP is Created Equal

FREE Webinar: Not all PRP is Created Equal

Join Dr. Evangelista to learn more about Platelet Rich Plasma in a free webinar. For patients seeking treatment with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Dr. Evangelista will discuss:

  • The differences in PRP processing systems
  • Platelet dose matters: does your PRP have enough?

  • Getting your PRP to the target- the importance of expertise and image guidance

Time: 12pm PDT

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Dr. Evangelista has a special interest and extensive training in Regenerative Medicine (using the body’s own cells to stimulate the healing and repair of injured tissues).  He believes these treatments have tremendous potential for treating a variety of orthopedic and pain conditions.

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SDOMG Assists in Senior Olympics Gold Medal Using PRP

SDOMG Assists in Senior Olympics Gold Medal Using PRP

SDOMG wants to congratulate Marie Ramirez and her team for winning the gold medal in Basketball (60’s Division) at the Senior Nationals, aka Senior Olympics, in Pittsburgh this year. Her team was undefeated! Marie had a PRP procedure to her ankle with Dr. Diaz at San Diego Orthobiologics three months before her competition.
“Thanks to the PRP and all your help, I was able to fulfill my “bucket list” item and go play basketball (3 on 3 half court).”
-Marie Ramirez
marie and senior olympics after PRP treatment
Ask the Docs: Tendon and Ligament Injuries Treatment Using PRP and Cell Based therapy

Ask the Docs: Tendon and Ligament Injuries Treatment Using PRP and Cell Based therapy

ASK THE DOCS: Facebook Live Series

Every 1st Wednesday of the month at 12:30 PT
Live Question and Answer session with Regenerative Experts

Non-Surgical Treatment of Tendon and Ligament Injuries using PRP and Cell Based therapy

Join us on our Free Facebook Live Series called Ask the Docs. In this session, SDOMG physician experts will answer your questions related to Non-Surgical Treatment of Tendon and Ligament Injuries using PRP and Cell Based therapy. 

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Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments

Benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments

The liquid portion of blood called plasma has been used for several years to help patients facing life-threatening conditions such as immune deficiency disorders and organ transplantation. Because it has helped treat so many chronic and rare diseases, it has been referred to as “the gift of life.”[i]

More recently, physicians have discovered that a patient’s own plasma and its’ cells can help expedite the recovery from orthopedic injuries. Platelet rich plasma treatments, known as PRP, use the healing power of platelets to harness growth factors and other proteins that are essential for healing.

How Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Works

Blood is comprised of red blood cells, white blood cells,platelets and plasma. The plasma contains hormones, electrolytes and nutrients that are needed to nourish cells during the healing process.

During platelet rich plasma treatment, the patient’s own blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge machine where the platelets are separated and concentrated. This results in a PRP solution that contains up to 10 times more platelets than that typically found in blood.[ii] With its super-charged healing capabilities, platelet rich plasma can be used to treat a number of orthopedic conditions, including:

·       Joint arthritis (knee, shoulder, hip, thumb or spine)

·       Injured tendons like rotator cuff tendon, Tennis elbow and Achilles tendon

·       Ligament sprains in the wrist, ankle or sacroiliac joints

·       Carpal tunnel syndrome

·       Degenerated discs, mild spinal stenosis and sciatica

Not All PRP Treatments Are the Same

When it comes to platelet rich plasma treatment, one size does not fit all. Several factors can influence the success rate of treatment:

·       The patient must receive an accurate diagnosis.

·       Image guidance with ultrasound or fluoroscopy (x-ray) for targeted delivery to the injured tissues is necessary.

·       The PRP formulation must be customized to the specific injury being treated.

·       The initial injury severity must be considered.

When administered appropriately and in the right formulation for the specific injury, most patients begin to experience results within four to eight weeks after platelet rich plasma treatment. About 10% of patients will feel relief within days.

PRP treatments are performed on an out-patient basis in the physician’s office. There is no need for hospitalization or lengthy rehabilitation. The entire procedure takes less than an hour and patients may typically resume normal activity within days.

 Dr. Christopher Rogers of San Diego Orthobiologics Medical Group performed one of the first PRP treatments in San Diego in 2009. He and Dr. Mary Ambach are experts in the field of regenerative therapy for orthopedic injuries. They have successfully treated thousands of patients with PRP and other orthobiologics.


[i] Donating Plasma: What is Plasma

[ii] OrthoInfo: Platelet Rich Plasma

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