Aftercare is individualized. Many factors go into deciding activity level, which your physician will discuss with you. You may need to attend physical therapy, especially if you have tendinopathy. Low-impact activity is encouraged for the first few days after your injection. A follow-up visit with your physician will determine when you are able to resume regular physical activities. No athletic or sporting activity for 10 days after your procedure. Activities of daily living, like walking, housework and errands are acceptable.
Several studies have demonstrated that Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) eases pain and improves function through its potent, natural anti-inflammatory effect. For osteoarthritis, about 70 percent of patients experience meaningful improvement in symptoms within 2-4 weeks, with benefits lasting 6-12 months.
PRP can be repeated as necessary. Some doctors recommended a series of injections, but we do not. Your Ohio State Sports Medicine physician will monitor your progress and can discuss with you if and when a ‘booster’ injection would be beneficial. This ultimately is a decision between you and your physician, as there is no proven predetermined number of injections.
Research has also demonstrated the promise of bone marrow aspirate therapy in improving the symptoms of arthritis and tendinopathy.