Therapeutic options of the ACP method include orthopaedics, traumatology, sports medicine, rheumatology, anesthesiology and medical rehabilitation. Treatment of large joints (knee, shoulder, ankle, and elbow) is recommended in indicated cases after mini-invasive arthroscopic medical interventions. During an arthroscopy an examination and treatment of damaged intraarticular structures takes place by shaving, vaporization and so on. The joint is cleaned and ready for biotherapy then. This treatment was shown to be effective in the long run: it is necessary to make the diagnosis by applying ACP usually at weekly intervals. For the treatment of injuries and diseases of cartilage, tendons and ligaments it is recommended that approx. 5 applications are performed. Pain might be eliminated just after one session. Pain retreat and joint mobility improvement is progressive.
Arthritis (or osteoarthritis) of joints - knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow, hip, small joints: approx. 5 applications. Suitable for 1st, 2nd and part of 3rd level of arthritis (according to X-ray, cartilage must be still in joint). In the 4th level possibilities of biological treatment are very limited. If bone rubs on bone in the joint, the appropriate solution is just a joint replacement.
Notice: there is evidence of positive experience with ACP plasma application into joints with 4th level of arthritis alleviating pain. Such analgesic indication may be a solution for patients suffering from pain, who cannot undergo joint replacement surgery or are permanently unable to take anti-inflammatory drugs with many side effects. Every patient must be thoroughly examined by an orthopedist who suggests solutions. However, final decision is always done by the patient.
- 1st to 3rd level of cartilage disability - chondromalacia, chondropaty
- Focal defects of articular cartilage - post-traumatic conditions, osteochondrosis dissecans
- Acute and sub-acute damage of knee menisci
- Acute and sub-acute articular ligament injury (shoulder, knee, ankle, etc.)
- Joint sprain and ligament stretch - especially knee and ankle distortion
- After arthroscopic suture of meniscus
- After the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament of knee
- After surgical stabilization of the arm or shoulder rotators suture
- Disorders of tendons and ligaments - the so-called enthesopathy (calcaneal spur, pulled groin)
- Tennis and golf elbow – enthesopathy
- Disability Achilles tendon - enthesopathy or tendinoza (chronic inflammation, and palpable swelling)
- Heel pain – plantar fasciitis
- Acute and chronic inflammation of the tendons and ligaments
- Jumper's knee
- Promoting healing of cartilage, ligaments, muscles, tendons and bones after accidents, surgery and plastics
- Partial rupture of the muscle
For all these indications, the number of requited applications of ACP is determined by an orthopaedist.
ACP started a new phase and notably extended opportunities to fight arthritis. However, the future of arthritis treatment still lies in the complexity. This includes rational combination of available treatment processes, biological treatment ACP, physiotherapy, balneotherapy and self-control (weight reduction, exercise, healthy lifestyle). After all these therapeutic instruments have been depleted, the possibility of an artificial joint replacement remains to be the option. Nevertheless, with the development bio-surgical medicine and new technologies in the treatment of arthritis the number of operations will decrease.