There are no major restrictions with the exception of pain. If something is painful, obviously don’t do it. That being said, once the initial discomfort from the procedure subsides is it crucial to treat your new stem cells properly. The new stem cells are very similar to an octopus. They form sticky “legs” that attach to sites of injury to regenerate new tissue. These can be forcefully sheered off and will not reattach in most cases. With that analogy, here are some of the most common take home points to maximize your benefits:
Keep your body moving; a body in motion wants to stay in motion.
Do not pound or load the joint/tendon/muscle aggressively for 6-8 weeks. For example, if you are a runner, do not run for 6-8 weeks, instead, cross-train in the water, use the elliptical/rowing machine, bike, etc.
Light to moderate activity is need to mobilize and activity the stem cells for the first 6-8 weeks.
Pool activities are always encouraged and recommended. Water is a resistant exercise building muscle, flexibility and strength without major trauma.
Light eccentric or isotonic strengthening is encouraged. Always take your muscles to fatigue, this builds lean, high metabolic muscle.
Yoga, Pilates and other body weight work outs are highly encouraged.