PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy
PRP therapy allows us to harness the inherent healing properties of the blood platelet. Blood is composed of three major constituents: plasma (the liquid portion), red and white blood cells, and platelets. While most of us associate platelets with the formation of clots, these tiny fragments also produce growth factors and anti-inflammatory substances to facilitate healing of damaged tissue.
PRP is created from the horse's own blood, placed in a special centrifuge that separates out the platelets and suspends them in a small amount of plasma. The final sample is then injected directly into the injured area using ultrasound guidance. The process takes about 20 minutes so the horse can be diagnosed and treated during one in-clinic appointment. PRP therapy is indicated for the treatment of suspensory ligament injuries, bowed tendons and joint disease.
Thinking of PRP Therapy for your equine athlete? Call us at 717-235-4312 to discuss your concerns or to schedule an appointment.