Maddox Pain Management
Gil Maddox, MD
Pain Management Physician located in Anniston, AL
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative type of regenerative medicine that has proven to have pain-relieving benefits. As a top pain medicine specialist in Anniston, Alabama, Gil Maddox, MD helps chronic pain sufferers get relief once and for all with PRP. Get started on your custom PRP treatment at Maddox Pain Management by booking an appointment online, or by calling the clinic.
PRP Q & A
How does platelet-rich plasma work?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) involves taking a small blood sample, just like you would during routine lab work. Your blood specimen gets deposited into a centrifuge, which spins your blood at a rapid rate and separates specialized cells that help during injuries.
These cells, known as growth factors, then get mixed back in with some of your plasma. The final solution is PRP. When PRP is injected into injured tissue, it stimulates a healing process. The concentration of growth factor cells immediately starts regenerating new cells, ultimately forming new tissues over time.
Which conditions can be treated with platelet-rich plasma?
Platelet-rich plasma is beneficial for treating most kinds of injuries, degenerative conditions, or other pain-causing ailments. Some of the most common issues that benefit from PRP include:
- Shoulder rotator cuff tears
- Knee injuries
- Joint disorders
- Plantar fasciitis
When does platelet-rich plasma start working?
For the first week or two after your PRP treatment, you might have some pain or swelling, which is normal. These symptoms are a sign that the growth factors are working and regenerating healthy cells.
Most men and women who go through PRP start noticing an improvement within 2-4 weeks, although it can take 8-12 weeks for optimal results. With each passing day after your PRP treatment starts providing relief, you should continue experiencing an improvement.
While you are highly likely to experience pain relief after a single PRP session, it’s possible that you may need to have the treatment again in the future. If you’re not seeing much of an improvement a month or two after your procedure, Dr. Maddox could suggest scheduling another session.
Are platelet-rich plasma treatments covered by insurance?
No, but because insurance doesn't cover PRP treatments, Dr. Maddox strives to ensure that PRP is affordable for all patients. The team only accepts cash payments for each platelet-rich plasma treatment.
Schedule an exam to see if PRP is right for you. Book your visit to Maddox Pain Management either online or over the phone.