Regenerative medicine describes a group of techniques that uses the body’s natural ability to heal. Stem cell therapy, autologous conditioned serum, and platelet-rich plasma are all different types of regenerative medicine. Each of these therapies uses biologic samples taken from a sick or injured horse and processes them to behave in a certain way. These are then injected to treat a specific injury.
Regenerative medicine is one of the most recent and potentially helpful therapies introduced to the equine industry. Many veterinary hospitals at universities throughout North America have laboratories dedicated to studying stem cells, autologous conditioned serum, and PRP. This fact sheet will explain what PRP is, how it is made, and how this technology can potentially help your horse.