Equine Regenerative Medicine: IRAP, PRP, and Stem Cell
Equine regenerative medicine is a relatively new area of equine medicine that enables the horse’s own body to heal itself. This is not a ‘new age’ therapy, but specialized medicine backed by clinical research.Though still in its infancy, regenerative medicine holds much promise and potential in the horse health community.
Unlike the human community, which generally reserves regenerative medicine for serious illness or injury, the equine medical community is using it to treat common lameness problems and improve quality of life. In some cases it may be more cost effect and provide better results than traditional methods of managing injuries and health conditions.
In 2007, Italian researchers published a study of two groups of horses with tendinitis. Among the 11 horses that received stem-cell injections and returned to racing, nine remained injury-free a year later. Of the 15 control horses that received a more conventional course of rehab, all reinjured themselves within a year.
Equine regenerative medicine is currently being used to treat tendon and ligament injuries, fractures, wounds, and degenerative joint disease (arthritis). Adult stem cells (not embryonic cells), which can be transformed into nearly any type of cell, as well as protein or platelet rich serums each play an important role in healing. By using patient derived materials equine regenerative medicine is making tendon and ligament injuries heal stronger, heal wounds faster and is repairing the damage done by arthritis.
At Mid-Rivers, we practice three types of equine regenerative medicine: Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP), Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Stem Cell Treatment.
If you are interested in exploring IRAP, PRP or Stem Cell treatments for your horse, please contact the clinic at 636-332- 5373 to request an appointment.