A Soft tissue injury is the damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Common soft tissue injured are muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
These injuries often occur during sports and exercise activities, but sometimes simple everyday activities can cause an injury. Some soft tissues, such as Tendons requires a prolonged amount of time to heal due to the lack of blood supply.
APC is indicated to promote healing of tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints and can be applied to various musculoskeletal problems.
Autologous Platelet Concentrate (APC)
Autologous Platelet Concentrate is a Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) which contains a rich source of essential healing factors that may optimize conditions for natural healing.
- Growth Factors (Eg: PDGE, TGF-Beta, VEGF)
- Cytokines and Adhesion Molecules
- White Blood Cells
What determines the efficacy of a PRP Treatment?
Recent Studies indicates that the optimal platelet concentration to stimulate angiogenesis ranged from 1.5-3.0 million platelets/ul.
SmartPrep APC is able to consistently Produce APC with the concentration of 1.5-1.7* million platelets/ul.
How is the treatment being performed?
Treatment is as simple as 1-2-3. In less than 15 minutes, 30mL of peripheral blood provides 3-4mL of Concentrated Platelet Product with the optimal cellular composition and concentration
APC is an autologous process, in which the source of the blood is from your own body, making the procedure very safe with minimal side effects. The risk of other side effects (Eg: Infection, tissue damage) is no different from that associated with normal steroid injections.
Patient are advised to rest the injured area for the first 2-3 days following the injection to allow the healing process to take its course. It takes 6-8 weeks for healing to occur hence patient are advised to avoid heavy exercise and overexerting themselves during this period. Patient are also advised to avoid taking NSAID drugs during the first 2 weeks after APC treatment.