Chronic Thumb Sprain
This type of injury is often referred as “skier’s sprain” and is an injury of the ulnar collateral ligament or radial collateral ligament located at the base of the thumb. When a thumb sprain occurs it is followed by immediate swelling and bruising. These injuries happen most often from hard falls or collisions.
A chronic thumb sprain is one that has persisted for one to two months and continuously causes swelling of the thumb joint and sensations of weakness and instability in the joint. Grasping, lifting or holding objects with the forefinger and thumb can worsen these symptoms, and the ability to pinch, such as in the completion of basic tasks like tying shoes or writing, can be greatly diminished.
Treating a Chronic Thumb Sprain without Surgery
Advances in medical technology using cell-based therapy are making it possible to effectively treat injuries non-invasively with the same healing and rehabilitative effects as complete surgical restoration. The Institute of Regenerative Medicine has contributed significantly to cutting-edge therapeutic approaches for treating chronic orthopedic injuries. Board certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joseph Purita works to integrate his extensive knowledge of regenerative medicine and therapeutic knowledge into highly effective, generally non-invasive methods. We have had cases where the patient was able to avoid “Tommy John” surgery for a torn ulna collateral ligament injury.
To ensure that the repair cells are working properly, platelet rich plasma (PRP) containing cytokines is released into the body. Cytokines encourage stem cells to reproduce and begin the healing process. Cytokines allow the stem cells to follow certain pathways to achieve healing. As regenerative medicine continues to progress, breakthroughs are necessary to develop increasingly safe and effective treatments that reduce or eliminate invasive surgical procedures and painful, drawn-out recuperation periods.