Everyone is different, but we recommend that you should have a ride home. It is advisable to take it easy for the day of the procedure. It is helpful to apply ice to the affected area. After the first day you can perform activity as tolerated or as instructed by your physician. You should be able to return to work the next day unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
The results should become apparent over 1-3 months, but sometimes can take as long as 6-9 months.
Some of our patients will require a second or even third procedure. Our usual protocol involves 1-3 injection cycles. Most patients get a single procedure.
This depends on the type of procedure. However, all of our procedures are designed to promote as much early activity as possible. Here is a general guide:
Bone healing procedure (for fracture non-union or avascular necrosis): You must be off the area on crutches until the pain from the procedure subsides. You can then move toward slowing increasing activities over the next few weeks. Total time off the area for most patients is 1-3 weeks with normal activities at about 6 weeks. The only exception is when there is an existing rod or plate stabilizing the fracture site, in these cases you will be allowed more activity more quickly.
Joint procedure. If there is more minimal cartilage loss, low impact activities would be encouraged immediately after the procedure. Full high impact activities would be expected at 4-6 weeks.
Partial tendon/ligament/muscle tear: Low impact activities would be encouraged immediately after the procedure. Full high impact activities would be expected at 4-6 weeks.
In general, we always try to look at more than one injured part. As a result, it’s very likely we will recommend other types of conservative care to restore normal biomechanics. This might include physical therapy, different types of myofascial release, or specific home exercises.
Most patients report an immediate pain relief due to the local anesthetic. This will last a few hours. Your pain may return and then continue to lessen over the next few days as the anti-inflammatory has time to work. You may also feel some discomfort at the treatment site which will subside quickly.