hand & wrist pain oceanside, CA
Wear and tear on the wrists and hands is increasingly common in a world filled with hand-held devices and keyboards. As we place more and more strain on our hands and wrists, they can wear down over time beyond our body’s natural ability to repair damage. While total joint reconstruction surgery may improve the condition for some, new problems can easily develop over time when we fail to address the biomechanical causes of our injury. As a result, many surgical patients go on to experience continued symptoms such as numbness, tenderness, or reduced range of motion or function.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Roughly 5% of people in the workplace are affected by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a condition that causes pain, numbness, or tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and inside of the ring finger. Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome involves destructive steroid injections and ultimately an invasive surgery to reduce nerve pinching by cutting ligaments in the wrist. This surgery directly impacts the stability of the wrist and can lead to the formation of scar tissue that compresses the nerve again.

TFCC Tear

The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is responsible for the use of our opposable thumbs and wear or injury can lead to wrist pain and swelling. In many cases, the recommended treatment for chronic TFCC problems is a surgery that involves shortening the ulna, the arm bone leading to the wrist, in order to reduce pressure. Research shows that this surgery, far from being a helpful long-term solution, actually leads to an increase in negative forces in the wrist that lead to future injuries. Beyond that, significant complications have been found in nearly 50% of patients following surgery.

​Thumb Osteoarthritis

Hand and thumb osteoarthritis is the second most common type of arthritis. The constant swiveling and pivoting motions from writing, using a phone, and other daily activities cause the cartilage to wear out easily. While there are a number of surgical options, none have been shown in research to be effective and all come with significant risk of complications. The innovative Regenexx procedures preserve function and mobility and decrease pain without the need for surgery.