Regenerative Therapy by Dr. Brian Siegel, MD

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What to Expect

Subsequent to the procedure, we will provide post-procedure instructions (specific to each procedure), which will include avoiding NSAIDs (non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory drugs). We will also provide detailed information regarding what to expect during the post-procedure healing phase, as well as information for any ancillary care you anticipate as you heal (massage therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture or personal training).

Weeks 1 and 2

Your need your body’s inflammatory response to help with healing. In these first few weeks, your body’s natural inflammatory response brings the cytokines, leukocytes, proteins and inflammation to create the infrastructure for the stem cells to bind to. These cells are just starting to form and divide, so being cautious is important. Using pain as your guideline, restrict yourself to light activities and the activities of daily living. You will be sore, but light movement (light and easy walking) is an important part of the healing process.

Weeks 3 and 4

During this time, the new stem cells need time to implant themselves in the healing tissues. Avoid repetitive loaded exercises (running, weight lifting, stair stepper). You may walk, use an exercise bike, an elliptical, or swim/walk in the pool, all at less than 50% of your normal pre-injection distance/weight/reps.

Weeks 5 and 6

At this time, your stem cells are building new tissue and need oxygen/blood flow through gentle exercise but can’t tolerate being stressed by too much exercise.

Weeks 7 and 8

As long as you are not having pain, you can SLOWLY progress to your normal workout, but NEVER to the point of pain in the injected area. Set yourself up for success by maintaining your aerobic capacity without inuring the new juvenile stem cells.

Months 3-6

The stem cells are now at their peak of healing potential! Help them heal by not overdoing it.


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