About APIC-A2M Therapy
Alpha-2-Macroglobulin (A2M) is a naurally-occurring molecule found in your blood. It acts as a powerful protector against cartilage breakdown by inhibiting the actions of proteins that damage joints and can cause inflammation. Similar to a Venus Flytrap, A2M captures these desctructive elements in it's two binding sites and eliminates them through your body's natural processes. While the A2M molecule is our body's own defense mechanism, it is unable to enter the joint or disc space in large enough quanities due to it's complex structure. As a result, it is necessary to inject additional concetrated A2M into the affected area to help restore balance and possibly relieve pain.
Through a patented and proprietary process, APIC-A2M isolates and concentrates A2M from your blood for reinjection at the injury site. The concentrated does helps boost natural healing and support tissue restoration.
A simple test performed by your doctor can help determine if you are a good candidate for APIC-A2M therapy. Research has identified "pain protein" as FAC (Fibronectin-Aggregan Complex) and it's association with painful inflammation. The diagnostic, called FACT (Fibronectin-Aggrecan Complex Test), looks for this unique biomarker in your joint or disc space to indicate the presensce of destructive enzymes APIC-A2M is known to remove.
Early treatment usually equals better recovery. Learn more about APIC-A2M and your joint health.
How it Works
During an in-office visit, a blood sample is drawn and run through a centrifuge to separate it's components.
The solution is filtered through a proprietary system to isolate the A2M molecules for a concentrated dose.
The optimal solution is injection into your injury site to begin baiting and trapping the destructive proteins known to cause inflammation.
Some patients begin experiencing pain relief shortly after their first injection. The healing process continues and individual results may vary. The number of treatments is determined by your doctor and care plan.
APIC-A2M has been used by physicians in the following applications:
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Tendonitis and tendinosis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow
- Degenerative disc or joint disease
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