Stem cell procedures are done as an outpatient, meaning there is no need for an overnight hospital stay. Our patients should expect to walk out of the Pure Health clinic and resume low-impact activities immediately. Some patients have reported experiencing mild pain for the first 48-72 hours post-procedure. In most cases, this is due to the absence of their normal anti-inflammatory and pain relief drugs. No NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Aleve, anti-inflammatory medication)! You need your body’s inflammatory process to help with healing. After this period, most patients experience a gradual decrease in pain, with some experiencing sustained pain relief.
Restrict yourself to light activity and the tasks of daily living. You will be sore, but it is better to move than to be completely sedentary. Use pain as your guideline. In the early weeks of regenerative healing, your body’s natural inflammatory process will use proteins and inflammation to create a “scaffold” for the cells to bind to. The cells are just starting to form and divide, so you want to be very cautious and avoid overloading, shearing, or compression on the joint that was injected. Avoid too many frequent stairs, if possible (for hip and knee injections), and limit lifting to 5-10 pounds on occasion.
Trigger Point Injections can help with the muscle spasms. It is not uncommon to have increased soreness in your tissues and joints from the procedure. Mild to moderate pain is acceptable for a few days, but severe pain is not. If your pain becomes severe, or you cannot manage your pain with the above recommendations, contact us. We can refer you for physical therapy or massage therapy to provide gentle exercise and manual release. No chiropractic adjustments or traction in the first four weeks for spine patients. You want to minimize pressure changes in the early stages of recovery. Passive Therapies such as cold laser, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation (TENS) are appropriate for pain management.
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