What You Can Expect from Your Treatment
Because PRP and stem cell treatments are so new, many patients are unsure what they should expect when they come to our office. We’re here to help. In addition to answering all of your questions when you visit us, we’ve also assembled this handy page to explain what to expect before and after the procedure.
Read through the information below to learn more about this innovative procedure, and be sure to contact us if you have any questions or would like to set your first appointment.
Before we can treat you, we have to evaluate your injury. We will conduct a full physical assessment consisting of a diagnostic ultrasound, bloodwork, a range of motion measurements, or even X-rays or even an MRI if needed. Once your injury is evaluated, we can create a treatment plan.
Please discontinue taking NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory medication such as Motrin, Naprosyn, Advil, Aleve, Celebrex, 81 mg. aspirin) 3 days prior to treatment. While taking these medications isn’t dangerous, it could negatively affect your treatment.
Please tell the doctor if you are taking Coumadin or any other blood thinner.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your appointment. We will provide a paper gown if it’s needed, or you can bring and wear your own.
Please drink 4 glasses of water 45 minutes – 1 hour before the procedure.
After you’ve been treated, the areas treated will be numb for 2-6 hours. Due to that numbness, we ask you to avoid strenuous activity while remaining mobile. Continue to move the affected area to decrease soreness and stiffness.
When the anesthesia wears off, you may resume activities based on your tolerance for pain. The doctor may also advise you to restrict how much weight you bear after a hip or knee treatment.
Expect some pain and soreness for 2-5 days following treatment. The initial inflammatory phase should last about 7 days and the secondary phase can last up to 14 days.
You may (or may not) experience a low-grade fever after your treatment. If your temperature is above 100.4 degrees, call us immediately.
Do not take any anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve) while you are undergoing treatment.
Use Extra Strength Tylenol every 4-6 hours for pain, and also ice as needed for pain and swelling on the day of the injection. Take 10-20 minutes to cool the skin every 2-3 hours. Make sure to put a barrier between your skin and the ice.
The healing process is something of a “roller coaster”: you may experience no pain and feel great one day, then the area starts to hurt again. This is completely normal.
The stem cells we’ll inject you with are active for about 12 weeks, and it can take up to 12 months for normal collagen to form and heal the areas completely.
How many treatments will be needed to improve the pain varies from patient to patient. You may not need more than 1 treatment to reach your goal. Sometimes, patients need 2-3 treatments to achieve complete healing. If so, these treatments will usually be performed 4-6 weeks apart.
We will re-evaluate you after 1 month. At that point, we’ll discuss whether a booster PRP injection will be necessary.
If you have any adverse effects from the treatment or symptoms of infection, call our office immediately.
We will give you a treatment information sheet after your treatment. If you misplace that sheet, feel free to download it here.