Platelet-rich plasma or PRP
Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets (the patient’s own platelets), PRP contains (and releases through degranulation) several different growth factors and other cytokines (cells that oct os intercellulor mediators in the generotion of an immune response) that stimulate healing of the bone and soft tissue.
Dr. McNitt collects the horse’s whole blood and processes it using the most advanced and safe PRP processing equipment available. A high speed centrifuge separates and concentrates platelet-rich plasma from whole blood cells. The PRP is injected into the soft tissue lesions with ultra sound guidance. The PRP releases growth factors that stimulate heallng in bones, tendons, skin, and cartilage. Because the PRP is a byproduct of the horses’ own blood, rejection or transmission of disease is rare. PRP can also be stored and injected into the horse again at a later time, if needed.
Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) technology has been used in the US in veterinary medicine for approximately 9 years. ESWT is a non-invasive procedure that, with the use of a probe creates shockwaves that stimulate healing by increasing blood flow to cells that repair damaged tissue.
By using different sized probes that produce specific shockwave energy to varying depths of tissue, superficial and deep, shockwaves are directed precisely to the particular area of injury. Shockwave therapy speeds healing and improves the quality of repaired tissue, often returning a horse to full soundness and a level of top competition.
Dr. McNitt’s shockwave machine is portable and suitable for use at the clinic or at your facility.