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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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Has Thumb Surgery Gone to the Dogs? Treating Thumb Arthritis Without Surgery

When I first heard about thumb tendon interposition surgery, the most common surgical treatment for thumb arthritis, I chuckled. Why? This procedure was first used to treat bad hip joints in small dogs. Was this really the best we could do? Hence, we got to work creating an injection procedure that would address all of…
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Pain in Base of Thumb: Convincing a Skeptic

More than a year ago I was lecturing at a medical conference, and a woman who was a stem cell scientist approached me. While some scientists usually don’t like physicians using stem cells, this one had pain in the base of the thumb and asked if I could help. I just received an e-mail back from her,…
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What Is This Doctor Thankful for on Thanksgiving? New CRPS Treatments

One of the worst diseases you can have is something called CRPS, or complex regional pain syndrome. Think of CRPS like bringing a can of gasoline to your pain bonfire. Or maybe better said, CRPS is like an accelerator stuck to the floorboard of the pain car without any working brakes. It’s awful. This year…
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Treating Hand Arthritis Without Surgery the Regenexx Way

This morning I’d like to introduce you to yet another great Doug Orchard video of how Regenexx is very different. In this case, we have Dr. Pitts showing how precise injections of various proprietary platelet preps are injected into arthritic and unstable hand joints. Enjoy!

Hand Surgery Side Effects That Can Easily Be Avoided…

If you’ve ever wondered why sometimes I seem to be a bit “anti-surgery,” you would only need to spend a day with me in clinic to find out why. We see surgery train wrecks day in and day out. What makes them so upsetting is that most of the time, the surgery could have been…
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Treating Hand Arthritis and Trigger Finger with PRP

Dr. Pitts discusses how we treat hand arthritis and trigger finger through precise injections of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and our 4th generation platelet lysate. Enjoy!

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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