Monthly Archives: January 2016

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What You Need to Know About Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are a means of capitalizing on the body’s own restorative processes to speed healing and reduce pain in the treatment of several conditions, including:

  • Sports injuries
  • Chronic tendon conditions, such as Tennis Elbow or Plantar Fasciitis
  • Osteoarthritis

 

Although the efficacy of PRP injections is still under investigation, some studies indicate the treatment to be safe and effective. The treatment has also gained some traction due to media attention2856303_l surrounding the use of PRP injections to treat high-profile athletes and their professed satisfaction with the treatment in getting them back on the playing field. Read on to determine whether PRP injections could be helpful in your treatment.

 

How Do PRP Injections Work?

Platelets, which are found within blood cells, are key players in the body’s natural healing process. Along with liquid plasma, they attract cells and promote the growth of new cells that restore affected areas of the body. By placing a sample of the patient’s own blood into a centrifuge, the plasma and platelets can be extracted from the blood and concentrated, forming the PRP injection. The PRP is then injected to the affected site of the body, stimulating cell growth and healing in those areas. Some preparations of PRP can even be stitched into damaged tissues directly.

 

What Are The Risks Associated with PRP Injections?

Because PRP injections are made from the patient’s own blood, there is little potential for adverse side effects. However, it is important to follow the recommendations of your medical provider who considers your precise condition, medical history, and other factors.

 

Could PRP Injections Help Me?

If you have experienced a sports injury or have been living with a chronic tendon or ligament related condition like Tennis Elbow or Plantar Fasciitis, request an appointment with New Jersey Sports Medicine. Our specialists will help you determine whether PRP injections could be a useful part of your treatment plan.


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Football Fan’s Guide To A Healthier Game Watching Season

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From fall to spring, sports enthusiasts revel in the thrill of watching their favorite football teams compete several nights each week. It’s more than a pastime; it’s a way of life for many Americans. Unfortunately, that lifestyle often includes unhealthy habits such as extensive sedentary time on the couch, eating more junk food, and excess alcohol consumption. New Jersey Sports Medicine offers these tips to keep football season from derailing your health goals.

 

  1. Rethink the Menu. The typical football night cuisine cues up images of deep dish pizza, nachos piled high with beef and cheese, chips with high-fat dips, and lots and lots of beer (we’ll get 35329370_lto that later). The good news is that there are lots of creative and satisfying ways to modify your football snack favorites into healthier, lower-calorie versions. Check out this delicious nacho pizza from Everyday Health, along with a dozen other recipes that clean up your football season cuisine.
  2. Run a Victory Lap. The adrenaline jolts you experience when your team scores is the perfect fuel to squeeze in a quick burst of exercise–and so is the anger you experience when the other team scores or the ref makes an unfair call. Take out your energy in health-promoting ways. When your team scores, do twenty jumping jacks. When the opponent scores, hit the floor for ten pushups.
  3. Hold the Booze…Mostly. Completely avoiding alcohol during football season is probably not a desirable goal, although any reduction in alcohol intake will benefit your health. Instead of abstaining, choose one football night per week to indulge. Maybe it’s Thursday night out with friends at the bar, or maybe it’s Sunday afternoon with your buddies. Whichever day you choose, placing this limitation will substantially cut calories and detrimental health effects from alcohol during football season.

 

Football season is a fun and memorable time to come together with friends and family. You don’t need to take away from your time together by constantly worrying about making healthy choices. Make healthy plans ahead of time so that when the game comes on, you are ready to enjoy it.

 

To learn more about how to improve your eating and physical activity habits, request an appointment with New Jersey Sports Medicine today!


Athletic injuries, discomfort, or that nagging sense you aren’t achieving your full potential? Game on. Here at New Jersey Sports Medicine, our experts are here to heal the injured and help players at every level unlock their best selves. If you’re ready to hit a home run for your health, contact us today and request an appointment.