Hand and wrist injuries are the most common orthopedic problems that deviate a person’s concentration on doing their regular tasks. They cause tremendous pain and uneasiness that makes it difficult to move, lift, or carry any object with ease. Research says that hand and wrist injuries contribute to 25% of sports injuries. Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tear is one such wrist problem where the cartilage in the wrist wears down over time.
Stem cell treatment for TFCC tear is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical therapy that utilizes your own stem cells to treat the condition. Stem cells are the specialized cells in the human body that enable tissue recovery and regeneration without the need for surgery.
Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) injury
Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is a structure between the two main bones of the forearm, i.e., the radius and ulna. It is made up of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that work together to stabilize the movement of the wrist joint. TFCC helps to grasp an object with your hand and enables free rotation of your forearm.
Triangular fibrocartilage complex injury or tear is of 2 types:
Type 1 TFCC tear: These are called traumatic tears that occur due to an injury, such as falling or sudden landing on the hand, which causes damage to the tendons, ligaments, or cartilage in the triangular fibrocartilage complex.
Type 2 TFCC tear: These tears are chronic or degenerative that occur due to the wearing down of the cartilage. Such TFCC tears may occur due to underlying inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
TFCC tear causes pain along the outer side of the wrist that worsens when a person tries to bend the wrist from one side to another. Also, it causes weakness and tenderness in the wrist while trying to hold any object. Another common symptom of TFCC tear is a painful clicking or popping sound while trying to move the wrist. TFCC injury leads to instability in the wrist and significantly limits the range of motion.
TFCC injuries occur due to the process of aging or excessive use of the wrist, especially those who play sports, such as baseball and tennis. Gymnasts and athletes are at higher risk of developing TFCC injuries. Degenerative changes that occur due to aging can contribute to the changes in the TFCC structure by thinning the soft tissues.
Usually, surgery is recommended in the case of chronic TFCC tears where conservative treatments fail to respond. Depending on the condition surgery is done to treat the condition and improve wrist pain. Surgical intervention for TFCC tear often requires prolonged recovery and rehabilitation, which reduces your ability to do routine work with ease.
An effective non-surgical treatment to eliminate wrist pain
Wrist injuries treatment with minimally-invasive procedures, such as stem cell therapy and super concentrated platelets (SCP) therapy helps treat the condition and regenerate healthy tissue within a few weeks of receiving the stem cell and SCP injections. Stem cells can heal the injury naturally without the need for risky surgical procedures. TFCC tear treatment with stem cells utilizes your orthobiologics to enhance the tissue regrowth in the damaged area.
The outcomes of stem cell treatment for triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) injury are promising where the patients experienced faster relief from pain and inflammation. There is no threat for the stem cell injections since the concentrated stem cells involved in the procedure are collected from the bone marrow of the patient. Stem cell treatment for TFCC injury is an advanced orthopedic therapy for sportspersons who cannot dedicate more time for recovery and rehabilitation.
SCP treatment for wrist’s TFCC tear marks as an effective non-surgical therapy to reduce pain and improve the functionality of the wrist. SCP injections are high in growth factors that promote faster healing at the affected site.
The post-management care for stem cell therapy and SCP treatment for TFCC tear is very minimal and does not require any medications. Physiotherapy exercises help in faster recovery and regeneration of healthy tissue. Post-treatment physiotherapy increases blood flow to the affected area, thereby stimulating the release of essential elements that are needed for tissue regeneration.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs):
Can stem cell treatment heal chronic TFCC problems?
Stem cell treatment is a regenerative therapy that uses the body’s cells to heal the injury from within without the need for surgery. By using stem cells, one can accelerate the release of essential growth factors that are needed to repair the damaged tissue and regenerate healthy one without disturbing the integrity of the joint structure. Stem cell treatment for chronic TFCC tears is a safer, natural, and effective alternative to heal the injury and relieve pain without an incision on the skin.
What are super concentrated platelets (SCP)?
SCP is a concentrated form of blood platelets that is used for the treatment of TFCC tear and various other orthopedic conditions. The blood that is drawn from the patient’s body is processed in the laboratory to obtain a concentrated solution. The plasma that is concentrated is nearly 15 to 20 more effective than the regular one. The plasma that is rich in platelets is further used for clinical purposes to release essential growth factors in the body at the site of injury to enhance the body’s healing mechanism.
Does stem cell treatment for TFCC tear result in side effects?
Stem cell treatment for TFCC tear is highly safe and does not result in any side effects. The stem cells used in the procedure are the autologous cells from the patient’s body, where the chances of rejection are entirely zero. However, post-treatment one might experience slight pain, redness, and swelling at the site of injection. These can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers and are not considered as the side effects of the treatment.
Can we do regular household chores after a non-surgical TFCC tear procedure?
Both stem cell therapy and SCP therapy provide faster recovery from the treatment. One would experience slight pain at the site of injection that might initially restrict you from doing your daily chores. However, a patient who received regenerative procedure for TFCC tear can do their regular tasks within 2 to 3 days after receiving the treatment. But, it is essential to take care that no much pressure is imposed on the treated site until a few weeks after the procedure.
What are the benefits of stem cell therapy for TFCC tear?
Stem cell therapy is an effective alternative to TFCC tear surgery. The procedures are FDA approved with various benefits over surgical intervention. Stem cell therapy requires very less downtime for recovery and rehabilitation when compared to surgery. One can experience pain reduction and increased function of the treated joint within a few weeks of receiving stem cell treatment. Also, it is a non-surgical procedure that does not involve any risk of complications like infections nor any side effects from the treatment.