Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy promotes the healing of tendons, ligaments, muscles and cartilage by increasing the amount of growth factors present in blood plasma at the site of injury. While still new to the veterinary field, this therapy has been successfully used for humans, especially professional athletes, as it often decreases the time needed to recover from injuries.
Our InGeneron ARC® Tissue Processing Unit allows us to take a blood sample directly from the patient and process it quickly until we have concentrated Platelet-Rich Plasma. This plasma can then be injected into the site of injury to promote blood vessel permeability and provide growth factors and jump-starting the patient’s own natural healing processes. The entire procedure can take as little as 60 minutes to complete.
PRP therapy has been a popular adjunct therapy for humans and is now available for Veterinary use. Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses the animal’s own healing mechanisms to speed up the recovery process. PRP is a stress free alternative to surgery or long-term medication.
PRP therapy is typically used to treat: osteoarthritis, tendon and joint inflammatory conditions and injuries, fractures, degenerative conditions including hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, bursitis, post-surgical healing, non-healing wounds and reduction in the formation of scar tissue.
In one study, a seven-year-old spayed female mixed breed dog was experiencing chronic lameness in her hind legs. The patient suffered from swollen ankles, pronounced dystrophic mineralization and was not responding to anti-inflammatory medications. After Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy in just a few weeks, there was a reduction in mineralization and swelling and an increase in joint mobility. The dog did not require any further medication to treat the issue*.
Veterinary Healing & Advanced Imaging offers this unique treatment option as a non-invasive alternative to surgery or supportive procedure in conjunction with surgery. The number of treatments required depends on the animal’s ailment and the patient’s natural response to PRP therapy. Together, we can create the best treatment plan for each individual animal. We may also combine this therapy with additional non-invasive healing options or alongside standard veterinary treatments as prescribed by the animal’s veterinary team.
*"PRP Treatment." MediVet Biologics. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2016.
To find out more about our Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, contact us at (925) 265.8385.
Veterinary Healing & Advanced Imaging, leading animal referral center in the Bay Area specializing in CT Scans & Imaging, MRIs, Laser Therapy, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy & Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy.