Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections
In recent years, doctors have learned that the body has the ability to heal itself. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that can harness those abilities and amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue.
What is plasma and what are platelets?
Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets, also called thrombocytes, are blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions.
Platelet activation plays a key role in the body’s natural healing process.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and what are PRP injections?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints and also help with hair loss. In this way, PRP injections use each individual patient’s own healing system to improve musculoskeletal problems.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your injured or diseased body tissue. This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
The photographs below illustrate a PRP injection
In our Tinton Falls office, Dr. Savarino draws blood from the patient and places it in a special centrifuge. The centrifuge separates out the red blood cells, which are discarded. The resulting platelet and plasma concentrate is used for the PRP treatment. The treatment takes about 15-20 minutes and the treatment area is anesthetized to limit discomfort.
All of our PRP injections are given under direct ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement of the platelet concentrate. Dr. Savarino is one of the country’s leaders in musculoskeletal ultrasound, so patients of Apex Center For Regenerative Medicine will receive the safest, most-effective treatments possible.
Platelet-rich plasma has been found to significantly enhance the healing process, and using a PRP injection for shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff tears, for Achilles tendon ruptures and for other soft-tissue injuries is becoming more common.
PRP has also been demonstrated to improve function and reduce pain in people who have tendonitis or chronic tendinosis conditions such as tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow.
Some of the key advantages of PRP injections are that they can reduce the need for anti-inflammatories or stronger medications like opioids. In addition, the side effects of PRP injections are very limited because, since the injections are created from your own blood, your body will not reject or react negatively to them.
What is PRP Hair Restoration?
When it comes to your scalp, PRP is a natural way to stimulate and encourage new hair growth for both men and women! The growth-factor rich Platelet Rich Plasma rejuvenates the damaged hair follicle, to reawaken it and bring it back to life.
How Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural medical treatment that uses a concentration of platelet cells from the patient’s own body. The platelets used have growth factors that are believed to promote natural healing and rejuvenate damaged hair follicles tissue.
Hair Restoration Before And After
Meet The Doctor
Dr. Savarino, an established and highly skilled physician, has over 10 years of experience in Sports in Sports Medicine. He obtained his medical degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a Family Practice Residency at North Shore – LIJ Hospital at Plainview, where he served as Chief Resident in 2007-2008.
At the completion of his residency, Dr. Savarino covered the orthopedic, trauma, pediatric, sports and total joint clinic at Nassau University Medical Center, an active Level 1 Trauma Center in Long Island, NY. Dr. Savarino completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at North Shore -LIJ Plainview, at which time he worked with 2 NCAA colleges and several local high schools, covering multiple sports from the sidelines and treating injured patients in the training room. He also covered major events including the NYC Marathon, NYC Triathalon, Long Island Marathon and Golden Gloves Boxing