BMC can stimulate a healing response and the first phase of healing involves inflammation. As a result, BMC may initially cause stiffness and mild swelling that can typically last about one week. Anti-inflammatory medications are discouraged for up to two weeks after the procedure to allow for an adequate natural inflammatory response. Ice, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and pain medications can be used if necessary. Motion Activity involving the injured body without strengthening is encouraged. Physical therapy is encouraged following the treatment, depending on the nature of the injury. The bone marrow aspiration site may feel like a bruise for several days and will need approximately one week for complete healing. A waterproof dressing will be provided but still avoid pools, hot tubs and baths during this time period. Showers are allowed.