With advancements in technology and the veterinary field, we are able to use the body's own cells to heal and regenerate damaged tissue in ways that other medicine and techniques may not be able to.
Indications for Use
Regenerative therapies, including platelet rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) stem cell therapies, can be used for a wide range of conditions including:
Bone marrow is collected from the dog, then processed within the clinic to isolate the stem cells. When stem cells are injected in a concentrated form, they will:
Activate surrounding resident cells
Release cell factors and growth factors to speed healing and tissue repair
Reduce and/or eliminate scar tissue
Modulate immune function
Differentiate into surrounding tissue type
To achieve and maintain the maximum mobility potential and performance ability, we recommend a dedicated conditioning program alongside regenerative therapy.
Platelets are a blood cell naturally found in the body. They are important in wound healing and blood clotting. The platelet has two types of granules. In PRP, therapy, we are interested in the granules responsible for wound healing and growth factors. It is these growth factors that will stimulate other body cells to migrate to the injured area and start tissue healing. Platelets will also recruit and activate stem cells. This is all very important in healing of tissue-cartilage, muscle, soft tissue, tendon, skin, and ligament. Approximately 50% of dogs require more than one injection to achieve maximum results.
Platelet Rich Plasma
PRP and Stem Cell Combination Therapy
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) provides growth factors to enhance and promote the stem cell engraftment, providing a synergistic effect. Plus, PRP will provide a three-dimensional scaffold for the stem cells to differentiate.
Injection site discomfort is the most common effect reported. This typically resolves within 12-24 hours post injection. Pain medication may be prescribed to help alleviate this discomfort.
Steroid and anti-inflammatory medications are avoided immediately pre and post injections to avoid interference in the healing process.
What does this process entail?
Cost of procedure includes:
Pre-injection laser therapy (studies indicate increased effect of PRP in combination with light therapy)
Stance Analyzer data (pre injection & 5 weeks post injection)
Sedation, collection & processing of blood (CompanionRegenerativeTherapies.com)
3 weekly (post injection) underwater treadmill sessions