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Platelet-Rich Plasma

MOVE WITH STRENGTH AND POISE

Imagine moving through the world with grace, assurance, and ease in everything you do — from your day-to-day activities to your daily workouts — with smooth, pain-free mobility in all your joints and tendons, without cortisone injections or surgery.

Long used by professional athletes, platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, is a simple procedure that successfully treats a variety of common orthopedic conditions: tennis elbow, Achilles tendon, tendonitis, ligament strains, muscle strains, arthritis, joint pain and inflammation, and cartilage defects. PRP has revolutionized not just sports medicine, but all of orthopedics.

What is it?

PRP involves centrifuging your own blood until it contains a concentrated mix of plasma cells and growth factors, and then injecting the resulting substance directly into the injured tissue. The distilled growth factors (chemicals that signal the body to start healing) stimulate and optimize the body’s ability to repair muscle, bone, and other tissue. PRP helps regenerate ligament and tendon fibers, thereby shortening rehabilitation time and obviating surgery. Because PRP is made from your own cells, it eliminates the possibility of side effects.

The Process

The procedure typically takes a couple of hours, including preparation and recovery time. Performed safely in our medical office, PRP therapy relieves pain without the risks of surgery and general anesthesia, or avoiding hospital stays and a prolonged recovery. Go back to multitasking and managing your many responsibilities — with renewed poise, polish, and comfort — right after the procedure.

Proven Effects

Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP therapy to be very effective at relieving pain and returning patients to their normal lives. A study presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that PRP successfully healed 93 percent of patients with chronic Achilles tendinosis — patients who had already been unsuccessfully treated with traditional, nonsurgical techniques. In a 2013 study from New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, researchers found that PRP therapy improved pain and function in up to 73 percent of patients with knee osteoarthritis, which is a progressive disease.

For Women

Testosterone Therapy

Men need testosterone to live well—not just for optimal mental and physical health, but to prevent chronic illnesses. With years of experience evaluating and treating low T, Dr. Savage customizes each treatment, using testosterone pellets or injections to optimize effective and safe improvements in health, energy, stamina, sex drive, and performance.

Testosterone Pellets

Testosterone pellets are the only method of testosterone therapy that delivers consistent, physiologic levels of testosterone, thus avoiding fluctuations in hormone levels—and in mood and energy—that can be caused by other methods of delivery. Lasting from four to six months, pellets are the most effective, safest, and convenient form of testosterone replacement.

How Pellets Work
Each Tic-Tac-sized pellet contains crystalline testosterone. During a brief and painless in-office procedure, pellets are implanted under the skin in the upper buttock area. The incision is so small it can be closed with a piece of tape. Once implanted, the pellets deliver a stable, steady dose of testosterone.

Proven Results
Studies show that pellets are the superior form of testosterone replacement therapy in increasing lean body mass—muscle strength and bone density—and decreasing fat mass; and in improving libido, sexual response, and performance. Proven benefits include increased strength, coordination and physical performance, and improvement in concentration and memory. The change starts within days. There is more data to support the use of pellets than any other method of testosterone therapy.

Injections

Injected into the thigh, glute, or deltoid muscles, testosterone is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. One advantage of injections is flexibility—dosages can be changed with each injection, if necessary, to achieve optimal concentrations. Administered weekly, biweekly, or bi-monthly, testosterone injections can boost energy, sex drive, and quality of erections; increase lean muscle mass; decrease body fat; boost memory and concentration; and relieve anxiety and depression.

Testosterone Therapy: Safe and Effective

What You Should Know
  • Low testosterone is a well-established medical condition that negatively affects male sexuality, reproduction, general health, and quality of life.
  • Symptoms and signs of low testosterone occur as a result of low levels of testosterone and may benefit from treatment, regardless of whether there is an identified underlying origin.
  • Testosterone therapy for men with low testosterone is effective and evidence-based.
  • There is no established testosterone level that reliably distinguishes those men who will respond to treatment from those who will not.
  • There is no scientific basis for withholding testosterone therapy to older adult males.
  • Testosterone therapy does not increase the risk of prostate cancer.
  • Testosterone therapy does not increase the risks of heart attacks or heart disease.
  • Testosterone therapy has benefits for cardiometabolic disease, including diabetes
While there are risks associated with testosterone therapy, these are generally related to improper dosing; these risks include acne, blood clots, hair loss, and breast development. With decades of experience in administering appropriate testosterone therapy, we encounter these side effects in our patients infrequently.