Platelet-Rich Plasma

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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.

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Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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