PRP Therapy – Post Management Care

PRP Therapy – Post Management Care

Many studies support platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to help benefit patients with chronic pain and injuries. This article will cover the major aspects of post management care and the best tips to optimize results.

Important tips to keep in mind:

·   Avoid Taking any anti-inflammatory drugs after the procedure avoid for 14 days following the procedure

·   Apply heat only for 10-14 days , you may experience some soreness and swelling in this time period.

·   Avoid any strenuous activities, exercising and physical therapy for the week following treatment

·   Stay hydrated

·   Improvements typically begin after 2 weeks

About a week after the procedure, patients should start physical therapy, which involves myofascial release, gentle stretching, engaging the articular range of motion, and core stabilizing exercises.

Other activities (e.g., stationary bike, swimming) are also an appropriate choice during the recovery phase. Interventional imaging techniques such as stimulation therapy and Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) should not be used at this stage.

Once 4-8 weeks have passed, patients can gradually engage in more intense activities, including yoga, Pilates, and light weight lifting. However, forceful rotation and manipulation are not recommended.

Following the correct guidelines during the first few weeks of recovery is crucial for the success of the procedure. The injected cells are quite delicate, hence the need to avoid strenuous physical activities that may cause irreversible damage to the cells.

Patients should also keep in mind that the side effect profile is diverse and can only be evaluated on a case-to-case basis. In other words, one patient might experience pain and inflammation after the procedure, while another presents with no symptoms.

The severity and extent of these symptoms are also dependent on the site of injection, with articulations being the most susceptible to traumatic injuries and side effects.

Recovery by weeks

Weeks 1 & 2

During this phase, you should restrict your movements and physical activity to avoid putting too much tension on your body. However, this doesn’t mean giving up to a sedentary lifestyle as it’s not the best approach.

Expect to experience pain, inflammation, and soreness.

Moreover, remember to avoid running, weight lifting, or any other strenuous exercise. Other activities, such as gentle stretching, are still allowed.

If you experience serious inflammation, consider using ice bags on the affected area , but try to avoid ice and NSAIDS until after the 14 day period. You can also use natural compounds that have potent anti-inflammatory properties, such as turmeric, CBD, and arnica.

Weeks 3 & 4

At this stage, the pain and inflammation should slightly subside, which allows you to practice more intense activities, but do not attempt to lift heavy weights or perform high-impact exercises. An appropriate number would be to keep the intensity of the workouts under 50% of what you’re used to. This will allow the stem cells to implant themselves in the damaged tissue and kick start the healing process.

Weeks 5 & 6

In this stage, focus on core-stabilizing exercises to strengthen your core muscles and give time for the joints to get used to the new routine. Activities such as stationary bike, elliptical, stretching, yoga, Pilates, and swimming exercise are permitted.

Weeks 7 & 8

Inflammation and pain might be gone at this time; however, you should still be careful about the type of exercises you’re performing. For patients who are still dealing with pain and swelling, you can use ice bags to accelerate the healing process.

Months 3–6

During this period, stem cells have reached their peak healing potential, which should not get interrupted with intense physical activity. Instead, settle down for less-strenuous workouts that do not involve any compressive, twisting, or pivoting movements. Avoid uneven ground. Contact a Care Coordinator today for a free assessment!

How Effective Is Stem Cell Therapy for Hips?

How Effective Is Stem Cell Therapy for Hips?

Often caused by the natural wear and tear on the joints that occurs with age, osteoarthritis occurs in millions of people throughout the U.S. and typically develops during or after an individual’s middle ages. While the condition may develop in any joint, it’s particularly common in weight-bearing joints, including the hips. Stem Cell therapy can be an option but How effective is Stem Cell Therapy for hips?

At its best, osteoarthritis in the hip may cause mild discomfort and stiffness. At its worst, it can make daily activities like tying your shoes or taking even short walks near-impossible. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for osteoarthritis, and treatments such as invasive surgeries come with the risk of complications and long recovery periods.

Now, however, there is a new treatment available to help treat osteoarthritis and other challenging hip issues such as labral tears and bursitis: stem cell therapy for hips.

What Is Regenerative Medicine for Hips?

Stem cells have natural healing properties, along with the unique ability to self-renew and mature into specialized cell types. When strategically injected at the site of the damaged tissue, such as the hip, stem cells can trigger the body’s natural healing processes. As a result, the therapy can restore tissue, relieve inflammation and pain, and enhance mobility — even in injuries or conditions which have responded poorly to prior treatments.

How Effective Is It?   

Stem cell therapy has been deemed a simple, affordable, and quick treatment for osteoarthritis of the hip. It’s also minimally invasive and improves a number of key symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and physical function. According to research, injections of mesenchymal stem cell (derived from fat tissue) have significantly improved clinical scores in patients. Results indicate that the regenerative effects of stem cells begin to take hold within two to six weeks.

Osteoarthritis isn’t the only hip condition for which stem cell therapy can be administered, however. Physicians have also been leveraging stem cell treatments in place of hip replacement surgery for conditions such as osteonecrosis. Experts believe the therapy could delay or potentially even eliminate the need for hip replacements in some cases. At the Mayo Clinic, for instance, stem cell treatment has slowed the progression of osteonecrosis by at least two to five years in 80% of patients.

In studies, patients who have received stem cell injections to alleviate hip pain have shown up to a 94% overall improvement in their condition. Reduced pain, improved flexibility, and better sleep were just a few of the results reported by participants. Studies also indicate no treatment-related adverse effects, suggesting that this form of regenerative medicine is safe and well-tolerated by patients.

If you are tired of dealing with the pain associated with your daily activities and you would like to benefit from Stem Cell therapy for the hips then Contact us today!

Using Stem Cells to Treat Musculoskeletal Pain

Using Stem Cells to Treat Musculoskeletal Pain

Virtually everyone will have musculoskeletal pain at some point in their lives. For most, it is a short-lived pain that goes away in a few minutes or a few days. In many, however, musculoskeletal pain is a chronic, daily struggle. They wake up in pain, struggle with pain throughout the day, and pain interferes with their ability to sleep at night. Here is how doctors are using stem cells to treat musculoskeletal pain.

There are surprisingly few good treatments for chronic musculoskeletal pain. One could take ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve), or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to treat short term musculoskeletal pain. However, people with chronic musculoskeletal pain need to take these drugs multiple times a day, every day. Over time, this can damage the liver or the kidneys.

Opioids are powerful painkillers but are not good choices for treating chronic musculoskeletal pain. People who take opioids for more than a few weeks for non-cancer, musculoskeletal pain are at great risk of becoming physically dependent on the drug. Stated another way, they may become addicted to opioids.

Mesenchymal stem cells are an attractive tool to treat musculoskeletal pain because of two main factors. First, they have the ability to find their way to the site of injury and inflammation. In other words, they collect at the site of musculoskeletal pain. Second, stem cells release a large number of substances into the surrounding area that block or reduce inflammation.

Researchers have been making good progress in initial studies of mesenchymal stem cells for various kinds of musculoskeletal pain. For example, people with musculoskeletal pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee who received stem cells had profound reductions in pain, even great relief the knee debridement surgery (i.e. orthopedic surgery to remove damaged joint tissue and make the joint surfaces smoother. In separate work, Mesenchymal stem cells reduced knee pain improved physical therapy performance and increased the volume of the knee joint affected by osteoarthritis. Similar results have been obtained in people with musculoskeletal pain and osteoarthritis in the hip and foot.

It is important to note that the procedure is safe. In a review of 844 autologous Mesenchymal stem cells infusion procedures for the treatment of osteoarthritis, there were no major adverse events reported.

Musculoskeletal pain is very common. When people develop chronic musculoskeletal pain, it can be debilitating and dramatically diminish the health-related quality of life. While more work is needed, the results detailed here provide hope to the millions of people who struggle with daily musculoskeletal pain.

Reference: Labusca, L. et al. (2015). Stem cells for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. World Journal of Stem Cells. 2015, Jan 26; 7(1): 96-105.

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