Anyone who undergoes PRP treatment should know what to expect in terms of recovery. As with all medical procedures, there are some standard precautions that every patient should take. Of course, these precautions, as well as typical recovery times, will vary based on the type of condition the PRP therapy addressed.

Anyone who undergoes PRP treatment should know what to expect in terms of recovery. As with all medical procedures, there are some standard precautions that every patient should take. Of course, these precautions, as well as typical recovery times, will vary based on the type of condition the PRP therapy addressed.

Regardless of the recovery time frame, most patients experience at least mild pain or discomfort after therapy. Many people notice stiffness as well as mild pain, for which Tylenol is usually an effective remedy. Only in very rare situations is prescription medication needed. While not an absolute necessity, most of our patients report that a few days of rest is quite helpful.

In many cases, PRP begins to bring about long-term pain relief, healing, and fuller mobility within about one month after the injections. For the following four to six months, most patients notice a continuing improvement of symptoms.

It’s common for those who were treated for osteoarthritis to recover faster than patients who received PRP therapy for conditions like patella tendinitis, tennis elbow, or golfer’s elbow. We have also noticed that, among our patients, arthritis-related joint pain seems to respond to PRP much quicker than conditions like tendonitis.

Here are some basic guidelines that PRP patients should keep in mind, as well as a brief look at recovery times for various types of treatment.

Some Basic Precautions for PRP Injection Recovery Time

Whether your PRP treatment is for a cosmetic issue or one that involves joint/muscle pain, there are certain “universal” precautions to take. Here are the most common suggestions for all PRP patients:

  • Remember that swelling is a sign that the therapy is working. Don’t be alarmed by swelling and don’t take medications for it, like Orudis, Feldene, Daypro, Aleve, Meloxicam, Naproxen, and Diclofenac. For some patients, their doctor might add a few items to this “Do not take” list, such as Voltaren, Lodine, Aspirin, Celebrex, Naprosyn, Ansaid, Advil, Ibuprofen, and Mobic.
  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory medications for a full week before your PRP treatment and for at least one week after it.
  • Bring a container of water with you to your PRP treatment session and remember to stay well hydrated for a full day prior to your session.
  • After your treatment, if a situation should arise in which you need some other kind of medical attention, be sure to tell your healthcare providers that you have recently undergone PRP injections.
  • For at least one full week prior to and after your PRP therapy, do not drink alcohol or smoke.
  • If you experience pain, only take an over-the-counter product that has been recommended for you.

Joint Pain PRP Injection Recovery Time

  • Try to keep your joints as immobile as possible and limit any weight-bearing activity. Consider using braces, crutches, braces, canes, andAnyone who undergoes PRP treatment should know what to expect in terms of recovery. As with all medical procedures, there are some standard precautions that every patient should take. Of course, these precautions, as well as typical recovery times, will vary based on the type of condition the PRP therapy addressed. whatever else helps.
  • For one to two full days after the injections, avoid any strenuous activities
  • Expect your physical trainer to add light workouts on a stationary bicycle or treadmill to your routine after some healing has taken place. This is usually around the 3 to 4 week point as you experience joint recovery and healing.
  • For the first few days after the injections, limit your physical therapy workouts to very light stretching and movements that are slow and gentle. Expect the doctor to give you a written program of physical therapy.
  • You can usually return to your regular routine of jogging and weight training after about four weeks of recovery
  • Most patients find added relief by applying ice to the affected area a few times a day, for about 15 minutes each session
  • If heat packs don’t cause any additional pain, your doctor might recommend them for aches and pains that seem to be deep in the muscles

Facial and Hair PRP Injection Recovery Time

  • Avoid exposing your scalp and skin to direct rays of the sun
  • Feel free to apply an ice pack to any areas where there is swelling
  • Avoid high heat on the skin. This means no saunas or steam baths. It’s also a good idea to avoid swimming.
  • For three or four days, avoid using makeup, deodorant or any kinds of chemical cleansers. Especially for patients who have had micro-needling, there could be a toxic reaction to cosmetic substances like antiperspirant, makeup, and cleansers.
  • Your doctor might suggest follow-up treatments, but most patients see results after about 4 or 6 weeks.
  • It’s usually okay to use moisturizers on flaky or dry skin, as long as the products are both chemical-free and organic. Check with your doctor about specific brands.

Ligament and Tendon Recovery Time

  • To assist with ligament healing, consider using crutches after PRP injections in the heel of your foot or in your knee
  • It’s likely that your doctor will clear you to take Acetaminophen, but note that the dosage restriction will likely be around 4,000 mg per day
  • Consider using compression wraps or braces if you feel the need
  • Typical healing time for ligaments is in the 2 to 6 week range subsequent to PRP treatment. By the twelfth week, you can usually expect to see significant improvement.
  • To possibly speed up healing and aid with pain/discomfort reduction, consider using ice packs and heat alternately.
  • Try to rest as much as possible for about two weeks after the treatment. It’s okay to move about and even do very light household tasks or job-related chores, but be careful not to strain the damaged area.
  • There’s the possibility that your doctor will recommend follow-up treatment that includes additional injections. Of course, this depends on your initial condition and the amount of recovery you’ve already experienced.

Is PRP the Right Choice for You?

PRP is the treatment of choice for more and more people who suffer from various types of pain and injury. Already, this new form of treatment has helped millions of people all over the globe. When you come to our office for a consultation, our team members will look at your full medical history and review each symptom you are experiencing. After that, we’ll be in a position to assist you in determining whether PRP is the smartest way to address your situation.

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