A promising blood treatment for athletes

Sierra Pacific Orthopedics offers innovative nonsurgical option for tendonitis, torn ligaments

FRESNO, CALIF. (April 13, 2012) – Similar to PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy, ACP (autologous conditioned plasma) treatment allows a patient’s own blood to be used to treat conditions and injuries, such as tendonitis, sprained ligaments, fractures and rotator cuff tears, by injecting the patient's own healthy plasma into the injured area.

Using this approach, there is little chance for rejection or allergic reaction because the substance is autologous, meaning it comes from the patient's own body. The injection carries far less chance for infection than an incision and leaves no scar. The treatment only takes about 20 minutes and has a considerably shorter recovery time than that of surgery.

“By using the body's own cells to help heal the injured area, it's proving to be a great nonsurgical treatment alternative for conditions that do not yet require surgery,” explains Dr. Eric C. Hanson, sports medicine specialist at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics.

Dr. Hanson recently treated 65-year-old physically active Clovis resident, Karen Hall's severe knee pain using ACP. Since treatment, Hall has returned to swimming and tennis, activities she couldn't partake in before the treatment due to pain.

For additional information on ACP or PRP treatment, contact Sierra Pacific Orthopedics by calling (559) 256-5200.

As the premier orthopedic practice in the Central Valley, Sierra Pacific Orthopedics and its 18 specialized doctors are dedicated to providing the highest level of care in arthritis and joint replacement, bone densitometry and osteoporosis, spine, hand and upper extremity disorders, orthopedic foot and ankle, physical therapy, physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine. Sierra Pacific Orthopedics’ physicians proudly serve as the official orthopedic providers for the Fresno State Bulldogs, Fresno City College Rams and Fresno Pacific University Sunbirds. For more information regarding Sierra Pacific Orthopedics and its specialists, visit www.Spoc-Ortho.com.