It is NORMAL to experience increased pain or soreness at the injection site(s) for up to a week or more. You may also notice swelling surrounding this same area. It is not uncommon to feel worse before you start feeling better. Bruising of the surrounding skin is also normal.
It is important to AVOID all anti-inflammatory medications and steroids (cortisone) for at least 6 weeks after your injection. These medications include Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Mobic, etc. These type of medications will block the effect of the injection and will inhibit the body from healing itself. You may take Tylenol or any prescribed pain medication as needed.
AVOID using ice to the affected area. Ice is generally recommended to reduce inflammation. With Prolotherapy, we are trying to promote temporary inflammation in order to get the body to heal itself.
If you experience any of the following, please contact the office immediately:
- Fever (above 101.5)
- Drainage from injection site(s)
- Shortness of breath, rash, itching, or severe headaches
- Excessive bleeding
Diabetics can expect to see a temporary increase in blood sugar levels. This should be monitored closely.
- Light activity is recommended for the first 3-4 days after the injection. Avoid heavy lifting or high impact activities initially. At the same time, total bedrest should be avoided. Movement is good!
- After 4-5 days you may resume your normal workout or exercise regimen with the exception of heavy lifting
- If you have had a spinal injection, avoid chiropractic adjustments for at least 6 weeks
- Make sure to consume a healthy diet, avoiding sugars and highly processed foods as your body will need good nutrition to support healing
- Avoid smoking as this will delay or inhibit healing.
- In general, it may take 4 to 6 weeks to notice improvement in your condition. Some patients will experience some relief but will require a repeat injection. Results will vary based on your age, duration of your pain/problem, nutritional status, and the presence of other medical conditions. Repeat injections can be performed in 4-6 weeks if needed.