Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a popular procedure for pain relief. PRP is derived from your own blood, so the process naturally introduces platelets and growth factors into the injection point that promote long-term healing and the regeneration of damaged cells.
Although PRP is a revolutionary procedure, the process requires aftercare in order for patients to experience the relief they expect from the procedure.
If you plan on using PRP injections to treat chronic pain or hair loss, here’s everything you need to know about the aftercare process for this outpatient procedure.
At Advanced Regenerative Medicine, we want all of our patients to experience the best possible results. So, let’s get into what you can expect after your first injection.
Rest and Protect the Injection Site
Yes, PRP is “just an injection,” but it’s just the first step in your body’s healing process. Therefore, treating your injection site like any body part that’s undergone a medical procedure is important.
We say to rest the injected area for at least 24 hours after the procedure. This means no strenuous activity, lifting heavy objects, or participating in contact sports.
Aside from straining the site, you should also spend the next few days avoiding exposure to hot or cold temperatures, which could irritate your skin.
Sometimes, activity is inevitable. So, if you must be active, make sure to wear protective gear like bandages or sunscreen SPF 30 or higher over the injection site to avoid irritation or infection.
What if You Experience Post-Injection Flare?
Post-injection flare is an extremely rare occurrence where the site experiences intense swelling and pain. If you feel your pain is intolerable, you can apply ice to the site for 20 minutes every few hours until the swelling subsides. You can also take Tylenol to relieve the pain from the post-injection flare.
Avoid Certain Medications
While we’re on the topic of medications, there is a plethora of medications that you should avoid during the recovery process of your PRP treatment. In fact, it’s best not to take any supplements or medications until you’ve gotten approval from your medical provider.
We suggest our patients avoid prescription pain medications or over-the-counter medicines like Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, or Aleve, for at least a week after the procedure. The longer you can go without taking these medications, the less likely their anti-inflammatory chemicals will interfere with the PRP healing process.
Keep the Injection Site Clean and Dry
Keeping the injection site clean and dry is important to prevent infection. In fact, keep the site dry for at least 8 hours after your procedure.
Once you are cleared to bathe and shower, gently wash the area with soap and water twice a day, using light, circular motions.
After washing your injection site, pat it dry with a clean towel or let air dry. Wait to put anything on the injection site, such as lotion or ointment until the day following your procedure. The general rule of thumb for lotion and oil application is six hours post-injection.
Don’t Forget Your Follow-Up!
Make sure to follow up with your doctor according to their instructions so they can check on your progress and see how you’re responding to treatment.
If you experience redness, swelling, warmth, drainage, or excess pain at the injection site, always reach out to us for further preventative action. Following up with your doctor with any updates (good or bad) after your procedure could help you experience faster results and avoid unwanted issues like infection.
Great Aftercare Starts With Advanced Regenerative Medicine
The right PRP specialist can make or break your chances of experiencing total relief after a PRP injection. At Advanced Regenerative Medicine, we hold your hand throughout the entire process and ensure all operations run smoothly and with optimal results.
From the initial consultation to post-injection care, our specialists are available for you.
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