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CornerStone Vol. 27, No. 1, Summer/Fall 2017
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There’s a New Healthcare Force on Long Island
New Board Members Appointed
New Center Offers State-of-the-art Treatments for Varicose Veins
One Patient’s Vow to Live Healthfully
A Tradition of Giving: Local Family Gives back to Emergency Department, Once Again
National Recognition Once Again for The Children's Medical Center
NYU Winthrop Earns HBOT Accreditation with Distinction
Forbes Names NYU Winthrop One of "America's Best Employers" for 2017
Gold Standard for Inpatient Diabetes Care
More "Bests" for NYU Winthrop, CEO
Unique Regenerative Medicine Technique Provides Relief to 9/11 First Responder
Cancer Survivors Day
The Need for Philanthropy By E. Ramone Segree, Vice President, Development at NYU Winthrop Hospital
Inaugural President’s Circle Reception
32nd Annual Golf Tournament Raises over $560,000 for ED Expansion and Renovations
A Lifetime of Service: Board of Directors Honors Veronica B. Renken
Local Foundation Gives Back to Pediatric Patients
Grand Opening of NYU Winthrop Primary Care Clinic
Unique "Stop the Bleed" Course Offers Lifesaving Techniques
Beautiful New Artwork Lifts Children’s Spirits, Thanks to Generous Grant from the Encourage Kids Foundation
A Memorable Yuletide Ball
Love is in the Air
Milestone "Cause" Raises $110,000 for Child Life Program
Cancer Center for Kids Celebrates Hope and Healing
Stella's Superheroes Unite to Benefit Cancer Center for Kids
A Most Generous Gift Lifts Spirits, Once Again
The Ride to Fight Kid's Cancer
Gregg's Wings Foundation Honors a Little Life in a Big Way
NYU Winthrop Named a Preferred Medical Partner of the New York State Troopers PBA
 

Unique Regenerative Medicine Technique Provides Relief to 9/11 First Responder

Selfless, heroic actions, both throughout her career and in the days and weeks following 9/11, have left 52-year-old retired New York City Transit Police Officer Carol Paukner with a host of medical conditions. Among them, chronic knee pain resulting from injuries sustained during rescue and recovery efforts that ultimately led her to receive the NYPD’s Medal of Valor in recognition of her extraordinary acts of courage without regard for her own personal safety.

Eager to find a minimally invasive therapy that could offer her some relief from the knee pain she endures each day, Ms. Paukner was excited to learn about an innovative technique called PRP therapy, offered to her by her pain management specialist, Edward S. Rubin, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist and the Director of Chronic Pain Medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

Unique Regenerative Medicine Technique Provides Relief to 9/11 First ResponderA PRP injection is performed by drawing a patient's own blood and then spinning it in a centrifuge in the office to separate out the platelets and the plasma. The PRP is then typically injected back into a joint in order to kick start the healing process and start joint regeneration, ultimately resulting in reduced pain.

Dr. Rubin has extensive experience in pain management, having completed a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and training at Columbia University, the Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Often working in collaboration with NYU Winthrop’s orthopedic surgeons to help patients manage their pain, Dr. Rubin specializes in the treatment of pain in the joints and spine, chronic pain of the low back and neck, and muscle pain related to sports injuries. He emphasizes the use of non-narcotic techniques when appropriate.

"PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma, is a regenerative technique whereby your body's own healing substances are separated from your blood and injected back into your body at the point of the tissue damage causing you pain," said Dr. Rubin.

A PRP injection is performed by drawing a patient's own blood and then spinning it a centrifuge in the office to separate out the platelets and the plasma. The PRP is then typically injected back into a joint in order to kick start the healing process and start joint regeneration, ultimately resulting in reduced pain.

"Typically, patients begin to see improvement in two to three weeks. Additional treatments may be warranted, occasionally for up to three total treatments," said Dr. Rubin. "Relief can last upwards of three years and beyond in our experience."

The effects of Ms. Paukner’s first PRP injection earlier this year were evident rather quickly.

"It gave me the relief I needed to function," she said. "I can walk up and down stairs without pain and just lead a normal daily life."

Unique Regenerative Medicine Technique Provides Relief to 9/11 First ResponderDr. Rubin says that PRP is competing with cortisone shots or visco supplement injections in the joints as PRP doesn’t have the same potentially negative effects such as elevated blood sugar and weight gain. Patients don’t have to endure other forms of treatment and can begin PRP therapy as a first line of treatment for their pain.

"PRP therapy is an ideal treatment for sports injuries and sprains. It has been used by professional athletes because there are no steroids involved. It will not work, however, in a joint replacement patient as there is no tissue to regenerate," added Dr. Rubin.

Ms. Paukner anticipates undergoing a second injection in the weeks ahead and feels confident that PRP therapy is just what she needed at this point in her life.

"Instead of having to undergo an invasive surgery, I am using my own body to heal itself. What could be better?"

For more information about pain management services at NYU Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.