Wrist Scapholunate Tear
Wrist Scapholunate Tear Treated with Stem Cell Therapy. A patient with chronic wrist pain was diagnosed with a scapholunate ligament tear on MRI imaging. Scapholunate ligament injuries may be a source of chronic wrist pain. Along with TFCC tears of the wrist, scapholunate ligament injuries may hamper daily activities, work or athletic performance. The use of stem cell injections in chronic wrist injuries may be of value in healing without the risk of surgical procedures. The wrist is prone to accelerated arthritis after fusion or placement of internal hardware. The wrist fusion is not only difficult for daily functioning but precludes many sports activities. Therefore, the ability to consider stem cells as an option in chronic difficult wrist disorders presents an appealing option to wrist surgery. The two principle contact points for the hand to the wrist are the scaphoid and the lunate bones. The scaphoid and the lunate are connected by the scapholunate ligament. Disruption of this ligament can lead to chronic wrist pain and instability issues. Excessive stress forces on the wrist over time lead may lead to early arthritis.
The anti-inflammatory nature of stem cells may provide a beneficial effect in this regard. A patient diagnosed with scapholunate ligament tear presented to Dennis M. Lox, MD, for evaluation and treatment. Dr. Lox an expert in the use of stem cell therapy, has treated many such patients and athletes with wrist stem cell injections. The patient responded quickly noting wrist his pain was diminished, and his activity level correspondingly increased. Stem cell therapy for wrist pain may be a viable alternative for some patients seeking to avoid wrist surgery.
If you’re in pain or had an injury and are looking for an alternative to surgery, contact us immediately at one of our locations. Our Main Medical Center located in Tampa Bay, Florida (727) 462-5582 or at Beverly Hills, California (310) 975-7033.
About Dennis M. Lox, M.D.
Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.
Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.