Heyl Family PracticeSouthern Pain and Spine patients are finding pain relief from PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy, a natural treatment option that uses your body’s own natural healing mechanisms to help regenerate damaged tissues and relieve pain.

To make PRP, our physicians will draw a sample of blood and spin it in a centrifuge that separates the platelets. These tiny cells contain growth factors and proteins that play a central role in the body’s healing process. By helping your damaged tissue heal from the inside you may be able to delay potential surgery or avoid it altogether. Because PRP therapy addresses the underlying cause of your pain or immobility, you can expect your results to last for months or years.

What is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that involves extracting a small amount of your own blood, processing it via a centrifuge, then reinjecting it back into your body at the site of pain to jump start your natural healing system.

How does PRP therapy work?

Platelets are rich in proteins called growth factors which are vital in the process of healing traumas and injuries. The concentration of platelets in PRP can be 5 to 10 times greater than usually found in circulating blood and has a huge healing potential when injected precisely into the injured body part. Your physician will use guided imaging technology to ensure the accuracy of the injection.

Does PRP therapy hurt?

PRP therapy is a safe and non-invasive procedure that generally requires little or no downtime. Some mild discomfort may be felt in the form of a slight burning or tingling sensation while the PRP is being reinjected. However, we ensure our patients are comfortable throughout the entire PRP treatment process and sedation is available upon request.

What are the side effects of PRP treatment?

PRP therapy is a safe and non-invasive procedure that generally requires little or no downtime. Some patients may experience some mild pain or swelling at the site of the injection, but the risk of an adverse or allergic reaction is very low because we are using your own blood.

How long does PRP take to provide relief?

Depending on your condition, you should see results between 2 to 6 weeks after receiving a PRP injection. Mild injuries or chronic pain cases typically see results within the first two weeks while more severe injuries will take longer.

What areas or conditions can be treated with PRP?

  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Ankle
  • Joints
  • Spine – discs, facets, bursa
  • Muscle Tears
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Tendinosis
  • Tennis Elbow

At Southern Pain and Spine, we are proud to offer the most advanced regenerative and interventional pain treatment options. Our PRP therapy procedures are effective, safe, and affordable. We offer PRP treatment in Athens, Gainesville, Jasper, and Newnan. Call us today to learn more about our current specials.