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PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy


regenerative-medicineRegenerative medicine technology takes the body’s own cells that have the capability to heal and harnesses them into a biological treatment. The technology is able to specifically concentrate the patient’s own platelets and or bone marrow stem cells to improve and accelerate healing in a very safe treatment. Although regenerative medicine therapy is considered cutting edge technology, the benefits have been studied in dogs for about 20 years as the model for human applications.

What kind of injuries can PRP therapy treat?

PRP and stem cell therapy can be used for acute or chronic conditions. It has been shown to have benefit in the treatment of Achilles tendon injuries, cruciate ligament injuries, complicated orthopedic fractures and delayed bone healing, as well as, chronic arthritis and tendonitis of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and hock. The number of injections performed depends upon the severity and type of condition being treated.

How does PRP therapy work?

As most people know, platelets are one of the first cells on site of an injury and they help form the scaffolding for the initial blood clot. Platelets are also loaded with substances that stimulate healing, new blood vessel, and tissue growth (e.g. platelet-derived growth factor, epithelial growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, etc.). Platelets are also responsible for bringing in white blood cells to the injured area to clean up the remains of dead and injured cells. It is for these reasons PRP can be an effective, safe treatment to promote and accelerate healing in tendon, ligament, muscle, and joint injuries, which normally tend to be slow to heal.

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Is PRP therapy safe?

Since the technology harvests and concentrates the pet’s own cells, it is very safe and has no risk of rejection.

What is the procedure?

The entire procedure typically lasts around 20-30 minutes. The pet is lightly sedated and their blood is collected. The blood is then run through a special centrifuge, which separates and concentrates the platelets 3X-5X what is found in normal circulating blood. If stem cells are to be used in the therapy, an aspirate of cells from the bone marrow will be added to the process. The affected joint, tendon, or ligament is then injected with approximately 1- 4 ml’s of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).

How effective is PRP treatment?

Scientific data suggests that around 90% of dogs treated with significant lameness experience a clinically compelling improvement in lameness when rated by both dog owners and veterinarians alike. Frequently, chronic injuries require more than one injection and up to three injections for a response. In both acute and chronic injuries, injections are usually combined with a physical therapy program, initially. The treatment can last 6 months to a year in many pets and may require only one treatment in some acute injuries.

How will my pet feel and recover after PRP treatment?

Some dogs will display some discomfort for the first 1-2 days that can be treated with cold compresses, laser therapy, and non-NSAID pain relievers. Depending on the condition being treated, most pets should be restricted to controlled leash walks for the first week and started into a physical therapy program. Most owners report seeing benefits with the first few days, and a small number of owners have reported a mild to moderate relapse of symptoms about 2 weeks after treatment before seeing sustained improvement.

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