Most people can resume their normal activities almost immediately after having a PRP injection, however this will depend on your injury but generally speaking you should avoid vigorous activity for a few days after the injection. Going about daily activities is usually fine. The doctor may provide you with some simple range of motion and muscle contraction exercises to perform after the injection.
The first day after the treatment, you might experience mild discomfort at injection site which should not be restrictive, mild pain in the treatment area may persist for a day or two. This can be alleviated by rest and if needed simple pain killers may be prescribed. Do not use anti-inflammatory medication for two weeks after the PRP injection as it will interfere with the body’s self-healing abilities.
Since this therapy is an orthobiological treatment that requires time for the cells to restore the damaged or injured areas, patients will not feel the effect of the injection immediately. On average, most patients will start to see signs of improvement in the form of reduced pain or increased function within 30 days.
Improvement in one or two days is common. This is due to the strong anti-inflammatory effect that lasts from 2-3 months. From there, you can see continued gradual improvement as the treatment help provide healing to the affected area.
Injuries or conditions may or may not require repeat treatment. Most of the time repeat treatment is done because some improvement has been seen and more is sought.
Reviews of your progress may extend up to 6 months following the procedure. Reviews can be by means of a clinic visits or alternatively for your ease by video / phone call.
You will be asked during the period of follow up to keep an accurate record of your progress to compare to your starting point.
The final outcome of the treatment and extent of improvement varies from one patient to another depending on type and severity of the condition, age, etc…