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Dr. Greenberg - 04/2013

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3DPT interviews Dr. Greenberg about Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

Magaziner

Magaziner Center for Wellness
1907 Greentree Road
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003
PH: 856-424-8222
www.drmagaziner.com

3DPT: Where are you from and where did you go to medical school?

Dr. Greenberg: From Philly and MD from Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia

3DPT: Why did you become a physician?

Dr. Greenberg: That is an interesting question. My grandmother suffered from macular degeneration and was legally blind. I thought I would be able to find a cure. However I changed pathways when I was struck by a drunk driver and lived in pain for 10 years. I knew pain was real and needed to solve my own issues.

3DPT: What do you like to do in your free time?

Dr. Greenberg: Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy working out, cycling, skiing, and working on new procedures and devices to help people. I also enjoy charitable work and sit on the executive board of Kellman Brown Academy and serve as Treasurer.

3DPT: Our blood is composed of red and white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Can you explain the role that platelets play in the healing process?

Dr. Greenberg: Platelets play a role in healing tissue damage in several ways. They contain numerous growth factors that can stimulate regeneration of ligament, tendon, and cartilage. They also serve as a scaffold, which aids in the healing process.

3DPT: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a portion of the blood concentrated with platelets. How is PRP made and given to the patient?

Dr. Greenberg: In my office we take a small sample of blood and take it into our laboratory. We centrifuge the sample to separate it into different fractions, and then extract the portions that are most advantageous for tissue healing.

3DPT: What are the most commonly treated areas/diagnoses?

Dr. Greenberg: Having performed these procedures for over 14 years you need to develop solutions for all types of issues. I have successfully treated concussions and post-concussion syndrome, back and neck pain, rotator cuff tendonitis, TMJ, wrist issues, foot and ankle problems, meniscus and labral issues among others. I also use PRP as part of my stem cell treatment program for treatment of the symptoms of arthritis. The PRP provides growth factors that allow the stem cells to grow and differentiate into new joint tissue. With this technique we have helped patients avoid joint replacement surgery.

3DPT: What can a patient who receives a PRP treatment expect? How many treatments does it typically take to achieve an optimal outcome?

Dr. Greenberg: After a treatment there is some general soreness that may last a few days. Otherwise it is well tolerated and has a very low complication rate. Achieving an optimal outcome can happen in a few treatments although complicated patients with severe issues typically take longer, while the young and professional athletes can heal fast. Fortunately, after examining a patient I have an approximate idea of how long it will take to make a damaged joint or body area heal.

3DPT: What outcomes have you seen using PRP? Are there any treatments that boost the effectiveness of PRP (ie. rest, exercise, stretching, medications, etc)?

Dr. Greenberg: The outcomes that I have seen are truly incredible and make my practice so rewarding. We have taken patients with no hope who have exhausted all traditional options and have given them their life back. We have also helped the professional and competitive athlete return from serious, and often career ending injuries. We also work with nutrition, food allergy and supplements to help the body achieve optimal wellness.

Also while PRP works great on its own, we recommend strengthening muscles that may be weak from disuse or are imbalanced. During my initial evaluation I also examine for pelvic tilt and leg length discrepancy and also developed injection techniques that immediately correct those issues. I am a big believer that all parts of the body work together and one part being out of balance can influence an injury. You need to take a look at the body as a system, not just a collection of parts.

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