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Orthopedic Institute Utilizing Latest Technology

Jun 10, 2014

Hackettstown, NJ – The Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey is pleased to offer platelet rich plasma (PRP) Therapy to those patients who can benefit from this new service. PRP Therapy offers another alternative for healing patient’s injuries. “This cutting edge technology allows our doctors to use a patient’s own blood to heal sports and orthopedic injuries,” said Dr. Robert A. DeFalco, Jr. “We are seeing some very positive results with this therapy.” Platelets have been known to be involved with blood clotting for some time. For example, when the skin is lacerated, platelets are naturally concentrated at the wound and contribute to the formation of a blood clot. However, modern medical research has found that platelets also contain a number of growth factors that accelerate healing. When platelets are concentrated and injected into an injured area, the concentrated growth factors cause an accelerated and magnified healing response. Platelet rich plasma is the name for the concentrated platelet solution that is injected into the injured tissues. A platelet rich plasma injection procedure involves drawing the patient’s blood from a superficial vein (similar to a routine blood test) which is then processed by a special medical device that separates and concentrates the platelets. (human blood contains, platelets, red blood cells, white blood cells, serum, and electrolytes). The concentrated platelets are then injected into an anesthetized area to augment the healing of an injury. Most patients have minor discomfort for a few days that eventually resolves with full recovery occurring in a few weeks. The benefits of a platelet rich plasma injection include:

  • No drugs or chemicals, The patient’s own blood is used to induce the accelerated healing
  • No steroids or drugs used other than the numbing medication
  • Induction of a complete healing response for incompletely healed chronic musculoskeletal injuries (tendonitis, bursitis, muscle injuries, etc…)

Patients who may benefit from platelet rich plasma therapy include those with acute injuries and chronic non-healing musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Ferheen Shamim, a sports medicine specialist at the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey, performs platelet rich plasma injections in the office under ultrasound guidance. There is also a related newspaper story at: For additional information about PRP Therapy, patients should call the Orthopedic Institute of New Jersey at 1-877-55- ORTHO (877-556-7846).

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