Rehabilitation After Your Cell Therapy or Platelet-rich Plasma Procedure

When we use cellular therapy like Lipogems, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or TenJet for issues like rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow or plantar fasciitis, we are promoting a healing response utilizing your own inherent signalling cells. While this is a very powerful process, it still takes some work from the patient to maximize the effect. This is where rehabiliation becomes critical. After a procedure using PRP often there is an inflammatory repsonse (this is actually what we want because it draws in the healing factors) which can cause pain for up to two weeks. Once this pain is tolerable is when the hard work starts with physcial therapy. When using Lipogems, there is not as robust an inflammatory response because now we don't have to rely on the body to RECRUIT the cells to the area of repair through inflammation, we have delivered them DIRECTLY. With that said, therapy is still very important for a successful outcome. During the first two weeks after the procedure the body part can be moved and gentle range of motion is initiated. Once the pain has subsided (usually within a week or two) therapy is started and right away we want to promote strengthening. Isometric exercises give way to concentric exercise and eventually eccentric exercises which should be continued once formal physical therapy is complete. Your physical therapist will guide you through this entire process and organize an individualized program for you to follow once you are ready to move on. Different body parts may take longer to get through this process than others so be patient. Dr. Blatz will also be here to help with every step along the way. We here at Pacific Regenerative and Interventional Sports Medicine look forward to helping you with all those nagging areas on your body so we can get you back to what you love to do. Please come see us to discuss your tendon and plantar fascia problems and find out if you are a candidate for PRP, Lipogems or TenJet.

Brice W. Blatz MD, MS Dr. Brice W. Blatz MD, MS is a double-board certified physician and medical director at Pacific Regenerative and Interventional Sports Medicine in San Jose, CA. He specializes in non-operative and minimally invasive options for arthritis, tendon problems and plantar fasciitis.

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