PRP therapy has been used in sports medicine for years and helps improve the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Looking for PRP therapy near me? At the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we offer PRP therapy as a pain treatment for residents in Kingsland and Brunswick, Georgia.
What is PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy, or platelet-rich plasma therapy, is a permanent, nonsurgical treatment for conditions as ligament or tendon tears and joint problems. Taking advantage of the body’s natural healing abilities, PRP therapy utilizes a concentration of platelets from your own blood that, once injected into the damaged tissue, promotes faster healing. The platelets are high in growth and healing factors and they are sent by the body to the site of an injury (although not in the concentration that’s possible with PRP injections).
What Does PRP Therapy Treat?
PRP therapy in Brunswick can be used to treat many injuries and conditions, such as:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Patellar tendonitis
- Carpel tunnel syndrome and other nerve entrapment syndromes
- Lumbar and cervical facet pain and dysfunction
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Lumbar spine disc pain
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Achilles tendonitis
- Hip and hamstring sprains
- Ankle sprains
- Shoulder pain and instability
- Knee sprains and instability
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Osteoarthritis of the hip, knee, and other joints
PRP can also stimulate the healing of cartilage, making it effective in reducing pain and disability for many cases of osteoarthritis.
How is PRP Treatment Performed?
Our PRP injection doctors will begin your procedure with a blood draw, similar to a routine blood test. Once the blood is drawn, it will be placed in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the concentrated platelets by spinning the blood at high speeds. The red blood cells are then discarded and the concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then ready to be used in the procedure.
The collected PRP is injected back into the injured ligament, muscle, tendon, disc, or joint that’s the source of the pain. The doctor will use a special fluoroscopy machine to see in real time where the needle is going. This ensures proper and safe placement of the PRP injection in the affected site.
The number of injections needed will vary depending on your condition and pain level. However, most patients need in the range of two to six injections spread out over time. Patients can expect to experience pain reduction after the first or second injection.
How Long Does PRP Therapy Last?
Unlike some other pain treatments, PRP therapy in St. Marys is designed to deliver sustained results by addressing the cause of the pain rather than treating the pain itself. The expected time frame from which to experience results, however, is solely dependent upon the area at which the injury is located and the severity of the injury. For the majority of patients, signs of improvement can be expected to be seen within around four to six weeks.
If you are struggling with pain from arthritis or an injury to the joint, tendon, or ligament, you may be a good candidate for PRP therapy in Brunswick, Georgia. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your treatment options. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers PRP injections for men and women in Kingsland, Brunswick, and surrounding Georgia communities to treat a variety of conditions.