ACP/PRP for Soft Tissue Injuries
Our musculoskeletal system consists of a complex composition of different structures that allow us to move purposefully. In addition to the skeletal musculature, tendons play an important role as the connecting element between muscles and the bony skeleton. As force transmitters, they make purposeful movements possible. Ligaments, in turn, serve to strengthen and secure our joints.
All of these structures are subjected to enormous mechanical stresses on a daily basis, which often result in injuries. The main causes are permanent unequal load distribution, overloading and external violent impact, such as wrong movements and accidents.
Where and How Do Injuries Occur?
Jerky movements, excessive stress and sudden muscle tension often lead to muscle injuries and tears.
Falls, impact and compression often cause injuries to ligaments and the joint capsule as well as ligament straining and stretching.
Ankle, knee1 and wrist
Since tendons consist mainly of collagen fibers, they can tear during jerky, fast movements. Prolonged unilateral or excessive stress can also cause micro-injuries with persistent pain and functional impairment.
- Tennis and golfer elbow2 3
- Achilles tendon and calcaneal spur4 5
- Shoulder and biceps tendon6
- Jumper‘s knee7
How Does One Recognize These Injuries?
- Swelling and pain in the affected area
- Loss of function
- Limited mobility of the joint
- Feeling of instability in the affected joint
Natural Therapy for Injuries
Complex and well-regulated natural processes take place in the body during recovery. Special proteins, the growth factors, are involved, which come from small blood components, the platelets. Platelets circulate inactive in the bloodstream and become activated when injuries occur. They collect at the injured site and release these proteins, which in turn promote the healing process.8
ACP therapy is based on this principle. The body‘s selfhealing powers are utilized by obtaining high concentrations of these special proteins9 and then injecting them. The form and frequency of administration of these proteins may vary depending on the type of injury. Together with your physician you will design a personalized treatment plan that may schedule several injections in weekly intervals.
ACP Tendo Therapy
For structural injuries such as tendon tears, these special proteins can be mixed with an innovative collagen carrier material and injected into or at the injured site (ACP Tendo). The collagen is degraded within 4 weeks but in the meantime serves as a scaffold, so the cells that close the injury can grow in better. In addition, the collagen serves as a protein deposit. In this way, the healing process can be optimally supported. ACP Tendo therapy usually only involves one injection.
The Treatment Process
Blood is drawn from a vein in the arm
Separation process to obtain the body‘s active substances (proteins) in concentrated form
ACP: These substances are injected into the affected area
ACP Tendo: Mixing of ACP and collagen; subsequent injection into the affected region
Benefits of the Treatment
- Outpatient procedure
- Fast process (< 30 min.)
- Endogenous biological agents with good tolerability
- Personalized treatment interval
- Customized to your needs
For information on the studies please contact your physician.
Why choose the London Orthopaedic Clinic?
The London Orthopaedic Clinic provides high-quality, expert orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care, tailored to the individual needs of our patients. The Clinic is based at King Edward VII’s Hospital, at the heart of London’s internationally renowned Harley Street medical district. The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers cutting-edge diagnostics, treatment, management and personalised care.
The expert multi-disciplinary team includes more than 25 leading orthopaedic surgeons, pain management consultants, rheumatologists, allied specialists and radiologists. They work together to reduce pain, improve movement and make a real difference to patients’ lives.
The London Orthopaedic Clinic offers patients something truly unique: access to world-leading experts, high-tech imaging and the latest innovative treatments, together with the feeling of trust and safety of a small family practice.