If you’re not finding relief from persistent muscle pain with medications or physical therapy, you might be a candidate for platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. At McLean Cares, Ronald McLean, MD, uses PRP injections to relieve chronic inflammation and pain from damaged muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Minimally invasive PRP injections can increase your mobility and reduce your reliance on pain medications. To find out if PRP injections are a treatment option for you, call the office in Warner Robins, Macon, or Pelham, Georgia, or book an appointment online today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a type of regenerative medicine therapy that uses substances from your own body to stimulate your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
PRP is already in your blood and contains essential growth factors that support the healing of damaged tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Injecting high concentrations of PRP into injured tissues helps them heal faster and more efficiently. PRP is also an effective way to reduce persistent inflammation that contributes to your pain.
PRP injection therapy can reduce your dependence on pain-relieving medications and lower the likelihood that you’ll need more invasive procedures, including surgery.
McLean Cares also offers regenerative therapies using stem cells. These cells can regenerate into any type of cell, including bone and nerve cells, to repair damage from injuries and illnesses.
Your PRP injection appointment at McLean Cares involves two separate, minimally invasive procedures.
In the first procedure, the team draws a sample of your blood to get the PRP needed for your treatment. They prepare the sample in a centrifuge, a device that quickly spins the liquid to separate the PRP from other blood materials. They then inject this high concentration of PRP into your injured soft tissues.
To ensure they inject the therapeutic PRP into the ideal location, your provider may rely on fluoroscopy (real-time X-ray) technology. Depending on your needs, they might inject PRP into multiple locations to improve the efficiency of your healing.
The results of PRP injections for soft tissue injuries aren’t immediate, but they can be long-lasting.
After receiving injections of PRP, the growth factors stimulate your body’s natural healing process to produce new cells. The new cells replace damaged tissue cells, and new tissue forms over time.
Within four weeks of treatment, you may notice a reduction in your pain and an increase in your mobility. As new tissue grows in the months after your treatment, your results continue to get better.
Because PRP heals your tissues from the inside out, you can enjoy long-term pain relief and may be able to stop using medications and other treatments for good.
To find out if PRP injections are right for you, call the McLean Cares office nearest you or book an appointment online today.