A C P
Autologous Conditioned Plasma
Autologous conditioned plasma (ACP) is a form of platelet rich plasma (PRP). It is essentially an element of normal blood that has a much higher concentration of platelets than blood. This in turn means that ACP contains (and therefore releases) many growth factors that stimulate healing of tissues in the body. Recently there has been a growth in popularity of the administration of ACP / PRP as an injection into injured tissues in sports medicine in an attempt to speed up recovery from injury.
The process is simple and timely. A sample of blood is taken from a patient and placed in a centrifuge that spins at a chosen speed in order to separate the platelets from the rest blood sample. The platelets are then injected into the site of injury, such as a muscle tear or ligament tear.
We here at UK Sports Medicine can provide ACP injections in two forms:
1) As standard ACP
2) As personalised injury specific ACP
This involves the process as outlined above and the injection into the injured tissue. ACP has been suggested to improve the speed of recovery for patients with muscle tears, ligament tears and tendon injuries (tendinopathy)
Injury Specific ACP
With use of cutting edge technology, UK Sports Medicine have the innovative technology available to produce a form of ACP that has injury specific properties, i.e. growth factors. Essentially, this means that we can use a form of ACP that maximises the growth factors for muscle repair in patients with muscle injury and likewise maximise the growth factors for ligament repair in patients with ligamentous injury. This is particularly important as some generalised growth factors can delay healing in muscle injury and similarly in ligament injury. As a result, we can select the optimum ACP contents and deliver this to a specific injury with the aim of a faster healing time and return to play.
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