In general, it’s very likely we will recommend other types of conservative care to help restore normal biomechanics. This might include physical therapy, different types of myofascial release, or specific home exercises.
Yes, we have developed our own supplement based on lab tests with human mesenchymal stem cells and their response to various nutritional supplements. The Regenexx Tampa Bay physicians will give you their specific recommendations for your condition and situation.
The results should become apparent over 6-12 weeks to begin feeling improvement but sometimes a little longer. Improvement in pain and function typically continues for at least a year before plateauing as your new baseline.
This depends on the type of procedure.
For Joint procedure. If there is more mild cartilage loss, low impact activities would be encouraged immediately after the procedure. Full high impact activities would be expected by around 6-8 weeks.
Partial tendon/ligament/muscle tear: Low impact activities would be encouraged immediately after the procedure. Full high impact activities would be expected by around 6-8 weeks.
For platelet based procedure, some patients will need more than one procedure. As a general rule, for mild to moderate tendon and ligament problems (and even mild to moderate arthritis or mild to moderate meniscus/labrum tears), about 60% of patients can achieve meaningful improvement in pain and function with one procedure. 30% will need a second procedure, and 10% will need 3 procedures. A very small percentage will either need more procedures or will need to move to a stronger stem cell procedure. We make re-evaluate at 6 week intervals.
For stem cell procedures to treat tendon or ligament tears, one procedure is usually sufficient but occasionally a platelet booster may be necessary.
For stem cell procedure for moderate to advanced arthritis, one procedure is usually sufficient though we typically recommend a platelet booster at 6 weeks and then annual platelet maintenance.