Stem cell therapy is usually conducted on an outpatient basis. This is because it does not require an overnight stay. However, like any other medical procedure, it needs some aftercare to ensure there are no complications.
Besides, the right aftercare also shortens the recovery process and gives better after results. Here are some aftercare recommendations which if followed properly, can give better stem cell therapy results.
Do Lots Of Walking
Many people think that rest is most helpful for the recovery process after treatment. However, this is wrong. In fact, it is much better if the treated area receives as much blood and oxygen as possible.
This is because it helps with the healing process and is best stimulated through some light exercise like walking. So walking, or even performing some non-impact activity does help in the first four to six months after the therapy. However, avoid pushing yourself much that you get exerted. Exertion is of no use because it only prolongs the recovery period, and can even hamper the recovery process.
Ice Packs Do Help
Don’t worry if you experience some mild pain after the therapy. Any deep aches or grabbing pain you feel is natural. It most probably may be due to a muscle spasm. However, if you experience some sharp and burning nerve pain, it generally indicates some inflammation.
This is when it’s better to ice the area with an ice pack. It’s not advised to take any anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen, even if there’s lots of pain and inflammation. It will not help provide any relief. On the contrary, it only ends up interfering with the healing process.
You may be able to start working and returning to your normal workload within a few weeks of your stem cell therapy. However, you will have to start doing some light exercises long before that.
These mild exercises help with core and joint stabilization, that’s vital before you return to your normal routine. These exercises are important because they have an integral part in increasing your bodily strength, stability, and mobility.
This, in turn, helps prevent any possible future pain or injuries. However, it is always better to be first examined, and evaluated by your regular physical therapist before starting any exercise.
Watch Your Pain Threshold
You get a pretty good idea of how your body has responded to the stem cell therapy through your own pain threshold. It is important that you do not ignore your pain. No matter how simple you may feel the procedure was, or if you are doing your everyday routine, do not ignore any pain you feel.
It’s normal to experience some pain and muscle spasms in the first few weeks after the procedure. This means that even if it is a few weeks or months since the procedure, try to avoid exerting yourself unnecessarily. Instead, take it a bit easier on yourself during the first few weeks. You can anyway gradually keep increasing your workload as time goes by.
Work To Strike A Balance
It is important that you maintain a sense of balance in your body. This can be attained through some regular light exercise like biking, walking or light weight training. Following a healthy and nutritious diet also proves helpful. The right exercise and diet help strengthen your body and its ability to healing. Remember, the stem cell therapy may be performed on an outpatient basis because it’s not so long a procedure.
However, it is only after about 3-6 months that you completely and optimally heal from the therapy. So maintaining some balance in your life goes a long way at helping you heal quickly so that you can quickly return to your normal lifestyle.
These are 5 generic aftercare tips you have to remember after your stem cell therapy. However, there may be more you have to do and this is determined by your stem cell doctor.It all depends on the procedure performed on you and your present body health and fitness. Your doctor will accordingly give you more instructions, or tips to follow if necessary for quicker recovery from your stem cell therapy procedure.