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What to Expect with Stem Cell Injections 

by | Aug 21, 2018 | Healthy Living, Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine

You may be wondering what is involved in the recovery process of stem cell injection procedures. There are many different types of procedures and areas of the body that can be targeted through stem cell injection, but it is good to know a general summary of what you may expect in terms of your recovery and experience after the procedure. 


Our Stem Cell injections are typically done within one hour, and most people can return to their normal work schedules and daily activities within a couple of days. Most patients can even walk out after their injections on their own with very minimal discomfort or pain (if any). Overall pain relief is often experienced by patients within a time range of anywhere from about two to twelve weeks. Over the course of six to twelve months, a majority of patients will experience continuing improvement in their condition including a decrease in both pain and inflammation and an increase in overall mobility and function. 


Immediately after the procedure, you should avoid anti-inflammatory medications, rest the treated area and start physical therapy as soon as it is recommended by the physician. Levels of pain or discomfort vary depending on the person and the injection site, but overall it should never be extreme, and it should significantly decrease over time. In the following few weeks you may experience some inflammation in the treated area, as well as some muscle soreness or spasms.  


As aforementioned, there are many types of procedures and different areas that can be targeted through these injections, and every person is different as well and therefore will have a different experience post-procedure. Communication is key in your recovery, as you must pay attention to your levels of pain and communicate with your physician if you are experiencing too much or any other unusual symptoms. Physical therapy and other exercise regimens are also dependent on the person and procedure, so be sure to follow your provider’s careful instructions on when to begin these processes.  


If you have any further questions about stem cell procedures or what to expect at our clinic in particular, please call us at 952-224-1919 or email us at office@odomsportsmd.com!