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Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy May Relieve Chronic Pain

Shepherd Pain Institute physician explains the therapy in 10-minute podcast.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a relatively new treatment that can relieve chronic pain by promoting healing of musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, hip and spine, and muscle and tendon injuries, among others.

PRP is an emerging treatment in a new realm of medicine called “regenerative medicine.” In a 10-minute podcast from Shepherd Center Radio, Shepherd Pain Institute physician J. Tobias Musser, M.D., discusses this new therapy and how it can help people experiencing chronic pain stemming from an injury or illness, and actually help to heal the condition, as well.

This podcast and others are available at or can be downloaded as an MP3 file from the link above. A transcript of the interview is also available on the Shepherd Center Radio web page.

Dr. Musser completed his residency at Emory University Hospital, including eight months of training at Shepherd Center. He spent an additional year of training as Shepherd Center’s first Fellow in the Shepherd Pain Institute to build and further refine his skills in interventional and chronic pain management. With an interest in holistic, mind-body medicine, Dr. Musser says he chose to specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) because it interlaces all of those specialties into one.

A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Musser completed his internship in internal medicine at Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. He also completed a research mentorship at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.