What Downtime Can I Expect From Regenerative Injections?

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Injections for regenerative purposes are a non-surgical option for patients looking to optimize aging by increasing their mobility and decreasing pain. While these injections are less invasive than surgery, there is minimal downtime associated with the procedure.

What To Expect Immediately After Your Injection

In the first few hours after your injection, you may actually notice a decrease in the level of your pain. However, this is usually due to the anesthetic (numbing medication) the doctor used before giving you the injection.  In the first few days after receiving the injection, it’s possible that your pain level will be the same as it was before your treatment.

Cortisone Injections

After a cortisone injection, a patient may experience flushing of the face, increase in blood sugars, palpitations, nausea, headache, mood changes, or difficulty sleeping.  These effects are short-term and are typically short lived. Corticosteroid injections may take an average 5-7 days to take effect and up to 14 days in a subset of patients. Normal activities and exercise may be resumed 2-3 days after cortisone injections.

How Long Do Corticosteroids Last?

Corticosteroid injections should provide at least 3 months of benefit and should not be provided more than 3-4 times per year.  A discussion and change in plan with the physician is warranted if you do not experience significant relief during that time period.

Possible Side Effects from Hyaluronic Acid Injections

The most common side effect with a viscosupplementation injection is pain or swelling at the injection site, a sensation of fullness, stiffness or heaviness that improves with movement.  If this happens, you can apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel or other protective layer for no more than 20 minutes at a time, two to three times each day.  It is also advised to avoid strenuous activity the same day you get the injection.  If you notice any extreme redness, swelling, or pain, or if you start running a fever, contact your doctor immediately.  If it is after hours, an urgent care or emergency room visit is advised. Patients may resume normal activities and exercise 2-3 days after viscosupplementation injections.

Possible Side Effects from PRP or BMC Injections

After a platelet-rich plasma or bone marrow concentrate procedure, some patients experience a low-grade fever, swelling of the injected area, body aches, and fatigue for the first 72 hours (inflammatory phase).  Tylenol or an NSAID (naproxen, ibuprofen) may be utilized during this time, if appropriate with your medical conditions.  Please notify the doctor if you cannot take these medications.  Rest and activities of daily living only are advised for the first two weeks post PRP and BMC treatments.  The main adverse side effect is post-treatment discomfort. 

How Long Do PRP or BMC Injections Last?

The average patient requires one to two treatments of PRP or BMC.  In rare cases, a patient may require three.  Treatments are usually spaced 12-16 weeks apart.

Specific risks and success rates will be discussed with each patient individually at the time of your initial appointment and at treatment. For more information about regenerative medicine options, contact us at 585.244.1506.

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