Chronic pain in your joints or muscles can make it difficult to stay active. If you’re not ready for surgery but want relief from persistent pain, Orthopaedic Associates in Albany, Georgia, can help. The highly experienced medical team offers innovative solutions, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, to help you heal from the inside out. Learn more about the benefits of PRP therapy for chronic joint pain or degenerative disorders by calling the Albany office today or use the easy online booking feature to schedule your appointment.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is material your Orthopaedic Associates provider extracts from your own blood. Within the extracted fluid are special growth factors that support new cell growth and give your blood the ability to clot.
By injecting the plasma back into the areas where you have an injury, healthy new cells can replace the damaged ones, allowing you to heal internally.
Because of the healing nature of PRP, this type of therapy can be useful in treating a wide variety of conditions, such as:
PRP therapy can be a safe treatment option in almost any part of your body, including your knees, elbows, shoulders, and spine.
Your Orthopaedic Associates provider performs the PRP injections on-site in a comfortable office environment. Treatment involves two procedures. In the first, your provider withdraws a sample of your blood, which they prepare in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from other materials.
The resulting plasma contains a high concentration of special growth factors, which your provider injects into the treatment area. In some cases, they may use ultrasound technology to guide the needle to the correct position.
Following your treatment, you may need to take it easy for the rest of the day, but you can return to your usual activities the next day.
PRP therapy takes time to work. Over a couple of weeks, new cells continue to grow and replace damaged cells. As this growth occurs, you can expect to feel a noticeable relief of pain and improved functionality in the affected area.
In many cases, one treatment is enough to help you reach your treatment goals. Your Orthopaedic Associates provider may recommend multiple injections, depending on the size of the treatment area and the nature of your injury.
Injections with PRP can also provide you with long-term results by addressing the root cause of your pain and dysfunction. Learn more about the benefits of PRP injections by calling the Albany office today or schedule a consultation using the online booking feature.