PRP & IRAP Therapy
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is used to treat and increase the healing process in tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue structures. PRP is a component of whole blood. The blood can be drawn and filtered through a special filtration system on site. The PRP can then be extracted and placed directly into the lesion. Platelets contain a variety of growth factors known as cytokines. These cytokines stimulate cell division and migration on local cells increasing the production of new cells needed for repair of damaged tissue. Some methods of obtaining PRP require that the blood be sent to a lab, spun down, and sent back to the veterinarian. This takes valuable time and allows for destruction of many platelets. The on-site filtrations system allows us to obtain a highly concentrated PRP from the fresh whole blood with minimal to no damage to the platelets. This allows for a better PRP within a matter of minutes, and will help your horse to heal more quickly.
IRAP (Interleukin 1 Receptor Antagonist Protein) is present naturally in the body. It is used to treat OA (osteoarthritis) in horses. IRAP has been shown to be effective in the treatment of OA where other intra-articular methods have not been successful. IRAP Therapy allows us to concentrate the antagonist protein toward Interleukin 1, which causes damage to the joint leading to discomfort and pain for your horse. IRAP therapy can allow your horse to remain pain free, increase the healing process of its joint, and give it a healthier joint for a longer period of time. Whole blood is drawn from the horse, incubated for 24 hours, and then spun down and processed. The IRAP is then drawn up and injected into the joint or joints of interest. Multiple doses of IRAP can be obtained from one blood draw and can be frozen for future use in the arthritic joint or joints.