Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is PRP and How Does It Work?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a regenerative therapy that uses the healing benefits of an animal's own blood to jumpstart recovery. With the ProTec system, red and white blood cells are separated from the plasma so that the remaining plasma becomes rich in healing platelets and growth factors - referred to as Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP. Your veterinarian will inject only PRP into the wound or injury.
How Does PRP Help?
The stress of daily activity or work causes degeneration in tendons, ligaments, and joints which may lead to chronic pain and weakness. There is typically poor blood supply to these injured areas, so they do not usually heal from damage quickly. PRP helps to accelerate healing and provide symptom relief for a faster return to everyday activities and is recommended for musculoskeletal disorders causing pain and lameness. The growth factors other proteins in PRP help to repair and regenerate connective tissues and keep them healthy, reduce inflammation, stimulate cells, relieve pain, and reduce scar tissue formation.
Tendonitis or Tenosynovitis
Stable Stress Fractures
Tendon Avulsion and Avulsion Fractures
Proximal Splint Bone Fractures
Hock Degenerative Joint Disease
Is the ProTec Technology Proven?
Yes. The product is made and used in humans in the same way it is for animals. In fact, in humans PRP is used to treat ACL repair, meniscus and rotator cuff tears, chronic skin ulcers, and to accelerate bone healing. Hundreds of human studies have been conducted on the benefits of growth factors from PRP. In veterinary medicine, PRP has been used to treat corneal ulcers, skin wounds, tendon and ligament injuries, and certain joint conditions.
Is PRP Right For My Animal?
If your animal has a tendon or ligament injury, or degenerated joints, and traditional methods have not provided lasting relief, then PRP may be the solution. It may heal tissue with minimal or no scarring, and alleviate further degeneration. The procedure is noninvasive, less expensive than surgery, and may eliminate the need for long-term medication use. Talk to your veterinarian about whether or not PRP is right for your animal's specific condition.
How Many PRP Therapy Treatments Are Needed?
While response to the therapy will vary, most animals will require only one PRP treatment. For many injuries PRP is used in conjunction with other treatments to further speed healing, for example with our VersaTron high-energy sound wave treatment ("shock wave")
Is ProTec Safe?
ProTec is safe and associated with minimal side effects. Because the animal is being treated with a product from its own body (i.e. blood), there is little risk.
TheHorse.com article Link: thehorse.com/free-reports/30202/platelet-rich-plasma
Brochure PDF: Versatron brochure