Post-Procedure Instructions (PRP)

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy Post-Procedure Instructions

Depending upon where your PRP was injected, your recovery will be tailored to provide for optimal healing.

  1.  Joint Injections (hip, knee, shoulder, ankle)

Rest for the first 24-48 hours, but do not lie sedentary. We encourage light movement and range of motion after your injection, with use of crutches or a walker for the lower extremity joints, and a sling – if necessary – for shoulders.

You should gradually increase activities using discomfort as a guideline and ice can be applied off and on at half hour intervals. Heat may be used for muscle spasms (deep ache or burning). If it hurts, DON’T do it!

Water walking or use of a noodle or float is a great option after complete wound healing from injection sites.  Light walking on a treadmill and stretching with heat can be done as tolerated.  “Motion is lotion!”

For weeks 3-4, cardio is allowed (gazelle, stationary bike).

After four weeks, weight-lifting and running are permissible.

  1.  Ligament Injections (knee, elbow, Achilles) or tendon (rotator cuff, hip glutes, quads)

Bracing or compression wraps around area of injured tissue.  Alternating ice and heat, partial weight bearing only on leg with crutches or walker for first 2 weeks, gradually increasing weight over weeks 3-4.  Do not use anti-inflammatory meds (Motrin, Aleve, Voltaren, Tumeric, Curcumin) for 1 week before injection or for 1 week after. The body’s natural inflammation response is vital to healing the area of injury.  It is ok to take Acetomenaphen (Tylenol), but don’t exceed 4000mg/day.  Those on low dose aspirin may continue that after an injection. Pain pills are also allowed, as are muscle relaxants.

Do not go to physical therapy for 2 weeks, as excessive activity is best avoided and light stretching can be done at home.  Use caution with activity, no matter how good you feel.  You may see a return to your old pain level shortly after the injection, but this will improve in weeks 2-6, and peak at week 12 with PRP injections.  If no response is seen after 3 months, consider a 2nd injection to the area.

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