Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Coastal Empire Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine located in Savannah, GA

If you’re seeking a natural way to heal from an injury, expert orthopedic surgeon Jonathan Shults, MD, at Coastal Empire Orthopedics in Savannah, Georgia, offers a simple solution. The team uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections derived from your own blood to stimulate your body’s natural healing ability. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to learn more about PRP injections.

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Q & A

What are PRP injections?

PRP injections contain platelet-rich plasma, a part of your blood that contains growth factors that accelerate your body’s ability to heal naturally. 

PRP can reduce chronic pain and enhance the healing of sports injuries, including injuries in your tendons, muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints. PRP injections also help repair acute or chronic soft tissue injuries, reduce possible scar formation, and diminish inflammation. 

The team at Coastal Empire Orthopedics has extensive training and education in chronic pain management. They are well-equipped to offer personalized treatment for all your musculoskeletal needs.

Am I a good candidate for PRP injections?

The Coastal Empire Orthopedics team reviews your symptoms and medical history to help determine if PRP injections are right for you.

They examine injured or painful areas of your body and may use blood tests or imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, to diagnose your condition and establish an individualized treatment plan.

What happens during PRP injections?

Prior to PRP injections, your provider first draws about 10 milliliters of your blood from a vein in your arm. The team spins the blood sample in a centrifuge to separate healing platelets from the rest of your blood, which takes about 10 minutes. 

Your provider numbs the treatment area prior to injection to make the procedure comfortable. Then, using ultrasound guidance, they inject PRP into strategic areas of your body. There is no downtime, so you can go home on the same day as the procedure. 

What should I expect after treatment?

After PRP injections, you might experience redness or swelling at the treatment site. You can apply ice to the area if you like. Over time, you should notice faster healing, less pain, and better musculoskeletal function.

The Coastal Empire Orthopedics team may recommend a series of PRP injections to help you achieve the most desirable outcome.

If you’re ready for a holistic treatment for sports injuries or chronic pain, schedule an appointment with Coastal Empire Orthopedics over the phone or online to find out if PRP injections are right for you. The team will take the time to explain the PRP process and answer any questions you may have.