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Regenerative Medicine: PRP For Your Horse

Updated: May 8, 2023

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is becoming increasingly popular in veterinary medicine, especially for horses. PRP is a form of regenerative medicine that uses a horse's own blood to promote healing and reduce inflammation. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of PRP therapy for horses and how the procedure is done. Benefits of PRP for Horses:

  1. Reduces Inflammation: PRP therapy can be used to reduce inflammation in horses suffering from tendonitis, ligament injuries, and other musculoskeletal injuries. This treatment can also be beneficial for horses suffering from joint inflammation due to arthritis.

  2. Faster Healing: PRP therapy helps in faster healing of the damaged tissues. It stimulates the growth of new tissues and improves the blood supply to the injured area, thereby enhancing the healing process.

  3. Natural Treatment: PRP therapy uses a horse's own blood, making it a natural treatment that is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction or adverse side effects.

  4. Non-Invasive: PRP therapy is a non-invasive procedure that does not require any surgical incisions or anesthesia. It can be performed on an outpatient basis, and horses can return to their normal activities shortly after treatment.

How PRP Therapy is Done: PRP therapy is a simple procedure that can be done in a veterinary clinic. The following are the steps involved in PRP therapy:

  1. Blood Collection: A small amount of blood is collected from the horse's jugular vein, usually around 60 to 120 milliliters. The blood is collected in a specialized blood collection tube containing an anticoagulant.

  2. Processing: The collected blood is then processed in a centrifuge machine to separate the platelets from other blood components. This process takes around 15 to 20 minutes.

  3. Activation: The concentrated platelets are then activated with a calcium solution, which stimulates the release of growth factors.

  4. Injection: The activated platelets are then injected into the affected area of the horse's body, such as a tendon, ligament, or joint. The injection is usually done under ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate placement.

  5. Recovery: After the injection, the horse is given a few days of rest to allow the PRP therapy to take effect. The veterinarian may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or pain relief medication to help manage any discomfort.

Conclusion: PRP therapy is a promising treatment for horses suffering from musculoskeletal injuries. It is a safe, non-invasive, and natural treatment that has the potential to reduce inflammation and promote faster healing. If your horse is suffering from an injury or condition that could benefit from PRP therapy, talk to your veterinarian to see if this treatment option is right for your horse.

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