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New Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia?

At Regenexx we’ve had lots of regenerative medicine firsts. Now that could include a new treatment for trigeminal neuralgia. Let’s dig in. What is Trigeminal Neuralgia? The trigeminal nerve is a “cranial nerve” that comes from the brainstem and takes the sensation from the face.  Neuralgia means that a nerve is causing pain or not…
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Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery

Carpal tunnel surgery recovery is critical to understand BEFORE you sign up for the surgery. Understanding the recovery timeline is all about knowing how the procedure is performed and whether you’re a candidate for newer, less invasive, and regenerative options. So let’s dig in. What Is the Carpal Tunnel? There’s an area in your wrist…
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New Treatments for CRPS: Ivy’s Story

CRPS is an awful disease. Picture this: you injure yourself or get injured, and then instead of healing, this turns into a bonfire of pain that you can’t get rid of or control. Even a big breeze can set this off. It’s a miserable experience. However, we have been working for years on new treatments for CRPS,…
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Avoid Ulnar Shortening Surgery: What’s Causing My Pain if It’s Not My Ulna Bone?

A few years back, I blogged on the barbaric procedure known as ulnar shortening. A patient who was about to pull the trigger on this surgery wrote me and wanted me to blog on what could be causing the pain he experiences. Hence, this morning’s blog. What Is Ulnar Variance or a Long Ulna? The…
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Ulnar Shortening—Avoid This Barbaric Procedure

I have a rule when seeing patients. If they describe a past surgical procedure to me and I involuntarily say, “They did what to you?” that procedure is a candidate for my top 10 dumb surgeries list. One of those procedures that has always been right up there is ulnar shortening. Your wrist hurts? It…
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There’s a Reason Success Rates for Wrist Replacement Are So Low: It Isn’t the Answer!

You never realize how big a deal your hands are until something goes wrong with them and all of a sudden you can’t write, carry things, or type without pain. There are few good treatment options for problems with wrist arthritis and pain at the base of the thumb, and a recent study showing a scary low…
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Carpal Tunnel Surgery Recovery: Does Cutting the Ligament Have Consequences?

Carpal tunnel surgery has become a standard surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, a problem that occurs when the median nerve gets chronically pinched at the wrist. The surgery is simple, cut the ligament that normally covers the carpal tunnel to give the nerve more breathing room. However, does cutting the transverse carpal ligament (TCL)…
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Removing the Trapezium Bone to Help Thumb Arthritis?

A doctor discusses how removing the trapezium bone to help thumb arthritis may be a bad idea.
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