3 Tips To Help You Prepare For Your Stem Cell Therapy Appointment

Posted on: 5 August 2020

Many people suffer from joint-related degenerative conditions or injuries, which can be painful and interfere with day-to-day life. Years ago, the only solution to these issues would be either surgery or taking multiple medications to control the pain and discomfort. But now, many doctors are using stem cell therapy as a form of regenerative medicine to treat these issues. Stem cell therapy works by harvesting stem cells and then injecting them into the damaged area; the goal is for the stem cells to work with the existing cells to heal and restore the damaged joint. If you are undergoing stem cell therapy in the near future, use the following tips to help you prepare for your first appointment:

Make Healthy Choices

In the days and weeks leading up to your stem cell therapy appointment, it is important to make the healthiest choices possible. Focus on getting plenty of rest and consume a balanced and healthy diet. It is important to avoid consuming toxic things, such as alcohol and nicotine. Since your stem cells will be harvested from your body, you want to be as healthy as possible for the procedure. This will help ensure that the stem cells are in good condition, which can increase the likelihood of the therapy working properly.

Don't Take Anti-Inflammatory Medications

While you may be uncomfortable due to joint pain or injury, you should abstain from using any anti-inflammatory medications several days before your scheduled stem cell therapy appointment. Anti-inflammatory medications can affect the joints and cause issues when the stem cells are injected into the targeted area. If you have anti-inflammatory medication in your system at the time of treatment, your treatment may not work. Use ice instead of medication if you are experiencing any discomfort.

Take Medication Prescribed by Your Doctor

While stem cell therapy is minimally invasive, it can cause some discomfort and some patients may experience anxiety before the procedure. For this reason, doctors often prescribe either a mild sedative or pain killer to take prior to your appointment. Make sure that you take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor and at the right time. The medication will make it easier for you to relax during your appointment so the stem cells can be harvested and then injected. It is important to note that if your doctor prescribes a sedative or pain killer, you will need to make arrangements to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. 

For more information about stem cell therapy, reach out to a professional.