PRP Specialist

Pain Care, LLC

Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Stockbridge, Newnan, Mcdonough, Johns Creek, & Griffin, GA

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a safe, effective regenerative treatment that alleviates your pain by accelerating healing. The experienced team at Pain Care, LLC, has extensive experience injecting PRP to treat sports injuries and degenerative diseases. If you’re ready to reclaim activities lost to pain, or you have questions about PRP, schedule an appointment today. Call the Metro Atlanta office in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, or Johns Creek, Georgia, or use the online booking feature.

PRP Q & A

What is PRP?

The primary components of platelet-rich plasma or PRP include plasma (the liquid part of your blood) and a higher concentration of platelets than the amount normally in your blood. However, PRP also contains some white blood cells and peripheral blood stem cells.

Pain Care, LLC, in conjunction with the Stem Cell Institute of Georgia, produces PRP using the Harvest® Platelet Concentration System. Your provider first draws a sample of your blood, then the Harvest system processes it, separating the different blood cells and creating the PRP for your treatment.

How does PRP promote healing?

When you sustain an injury or develop a disease, the platelets naturally in your blood go to the damaged tissues and release proteins called growth factors. A PRP injection simply places more growth factors at the injured area. 

Growth factors are essential because they activate the healing response. In this role, growth factors:

  • Relieve pain
  • Regulate inflammation
  • Speed-up healing
  • Recruit stem cells to the area
  • Stimulate new blood vessel growth
  • Build a matrix to support new tissue growth

The extra platelets from PRP help a slow-healing wound or a severe injury that overwhelms your body’s natural supply of platelets. The treatment promotes healing when your injury occurs in tissues that have a poor blood supply. PRP may also reduce bleeding and your risk of infection.

What conditions improve with PRP?

Pain Care, LLC, often recommends PRP to improve healing in many types of musculoskeletal problems, including:

  • Arthritis
  • ACL tear
  • Meniscus tears
  • Ligament injuries
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis and tendon injuries
  • Chronic neck, back or knee pain

Tendinitis includes sports injuries such as tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, and pitcher’s shoulder.

What should I expect during PRP treatment?

Your provider first applies a topical anesthetic to numb the injection site. Using real-time imaging such as ultrasound, they guide the needle to the damaged tissues. After the needle is in place, they inject your PRP.

It’s common to have slight discomfort at the injection site for a few days. You should also stay away from strenuous activities for a time. You go home the same day, but before you leave, Pain Care, LLC, gives you all the information you need to know about activity limitations and caring for the site.

You may need more than one PRP treatment, depending on the type of injury and the severity of your tissue damage. Your Pain Care, LLC, provider explains your anticipated course of treatment and recovery before you decide to have PRP injections.

To learn more about PRP and how it can ease your pain, call Pain Care, LLC, or request an appointment online today.