Stem Cell Therapy: Side Effects & Aftercare
Two of the biggest trending questions about regenerative stem cell therapy, aside from insurance coverage and costs, are what is the aftercare from a stem cell therapy injection and are there any side effects.
We’re going to answer both of these questions today in this post.
Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy Side Effects
The products we use are FDA regulated as a human cell and tissue product (HCT/P) and are intended for homologous (human to human) use. Fortunately, the chances of a reaction towards this treatment are immeasurably small for most individuals.
The only side effects that have been reported are redness and slight swelling to the injection site. These side effects usually subside within a few hours or days after the procedure.
If this happens, we urge our patients to use ice packs on the injection site and do not take ibuprofen for the swelling, as NSAIDs can hinder the results of the regenerative injection.
Stem Cell Therapy Aftercare
While regenerative stem cell therapy remains a minimally evasive, safe, and effective treatment protocol for osteoarthritic joints like knees, shoulders, and hips, we do ask our patients to follow a simple routine of aftercare.
Walking – We encourage our patients to get active just by walking. Walking is one of the best full-body, low-impact exercises. Once our patients receive a regenerative therapy injection, they find great joy in indulging in this once sometimes painful activity again.
Joint-Specific Exercises – We provide our patients with specific exercises to help rehabilitate the joint that has received a regenerative injection. These exercises and stretches can help patients increase their range of motion in conjunction with their post-injection therapy.
We also suggest to our patients that they keep a journal as to how they are experiencing the changes to their joint(s) after the regenerative injection.
A few items of interest our patients have told us include:
- Being able to walk up and down the stairs without pain
- Walking longer distances and durations
- Ease in getting up from a seated position
- No stiffness in the mornings when they wake up
We should also mention that one of the best side effects of regenerative therapy injections is weight loss as a result of the increased physical activity!
Originally published on Ohio Therapy Centers
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