Immediately following treatment, the stem cells seek out the area or areas in need of repair and you can expect to be sore and symptoms to potentially worsen a small amount for one to two weeks.
Patients can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain but should avoid taking any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as Aleve. The goal is to allow the stem cells to locate and attach themselves to the area of damage, protect them while they differentiate, and enhance the environment for them to work at their optimal levels. It is best to avoid physical exercise for one week following the treatment and use that time to rest and relax. Depending on the condition being treated, after the first week you can begin modest physical exercise and after a month you can engage in more vigorous activities.
You can shower 12 hours after the procedure but do not bathtub for at least 3 days.
Most patients will notice modest improvements in the first 1-2 months. The stem cells will continue to heal and many patients experience a noticeable improvement in symptoms after 6 months, however, patients heal at different rates and some patients can take up to a year to notice improvements. Data suggests that stem cells continue to repair the damaged tissue for 1-2 years following treatment. Depending on condition being treated and the severity of symptoms, some patients will need to receive more than one treatment.
Every patient is different and results will vary depending on the specific condition being treated, the amount of damage, the severity of symptoms, age and overall general health.
Avoid physical exercise for one week. Take this time to rest and relax. After one week you can resume your normal physical activities.