Regenerative medicine utilizes the body’s own cells to heal and regenerate damaged tissues in acute and chronic conditions. Conditions that benefit include osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries, tendon/ligament injuries, muscle injuries, certain spinal conditions. This therapy is called PRP (platelet rich plasma).
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a highly concentrated blood sample that contains isolated cells (platelets) and the fluid portion of blood (plasma). When used as a therapy, PRP can help regenerate and heal tissues by: recruiting cells to an area of injury to clean up dead and injured cells, and release proteins called “growth factors” which are responsible for tissue regeneration.
What’s involved with PRP therapy?
A small amount of blood is taken from the patient and is processed using a specialized system that concentrates the platelets and the growth factors. Once the PRP processing is complete, it is injected directly into the area of injury.
For severe cases, we can also inject stem cells to help. We harvest a small amount of bone marrow for your pet to collect the cells. Our specialized equipment processes the sample prior to injection.