PRP/Stem Cell Therapy Post Procedure Care
What to Expect after the Procedure:The posterior hip/low back may be sore at the aspiration site(s) for a few days, which is normal. For pain, we suggest you take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or you may be prescribed a medication for pain by your doctor. Do not take any anti-inflammatory medicine for at least 6 weeks after the procedure. Such as: Aspirin, Motrin, Advil, Aleve or Naprosyn. The doctor may ask you to remain non-weight bearing for a short period, depending on the area that is treated.
Post Procedure Care Instructions:
- Rest, ice, and elevation are suggested for the first 24-48hrs after your procedure for PRP. You can then return to normal daily activities as tolerated. For stem cell therapy, you activity level will be modified for the next 6 weeks (light-moderate physical activity).
- Near waterproof dressings will be placed on the aspiration site(s), as well your injection site(s). These can all be removed 24hrs after your procedure is completed. A small bandaid is suggested for all areas for 1-2 days, but not required. *NOTE: At the site of your aspiration on the lower back/posterior hip,steri-strips are placed and special care is needed and listed below.
When can I resume physical activity?The most important part of any stem cell therapy is adhering to your post-procedure restrictions, which are covered before your procedure. For the procedure to have the best chance to yield lasting benefit, our physician strongly recommends:
- No anti-inflammatory medications for a minimum (preferred) 6 weeks
- Rest for the first 24–48 hours, but do not lie sedentary
- Start Physical Therapy within a week
Removal time of Steri-strips: The strips should fall off within a week. If not, you can manually remove them 7 days after treatment. You will receive a prescription for Physical Therapy: This is to be started no later than 1 week post procedure. This helps your body adjust to the new procedure and provides the best outcome post injection.