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I am 54 and I have mild osteoarthritis of the base of the thumb. My work in a lab involves a lot of repetitive movements, small containers, lots of them, over 36 years. I can't even write now without pain. Everything I do is a pain: cooking, exercising, holding a cup, all. I am tempted to have a stem cell injection, as expensive as that is, before all the cartilage is worn out when only an operation might help.
From all I read so far, bone marrow aspirate seems to be the best option for wrist osteoarthritis. What exactly do the clinician do with the bone marrow after collection, before injecting it back?
Is the collection of bone marrow really painful?
Can I go to work straight after the injection?
In comparison, the hyaluronic acid injections, are they any good in long term?
I do not want to inject my wrist (that alone must be painful) with something which is very short lasting.
I would love to hear from real people who had such treatment.
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