Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, has received a lot of attention in the last 10 to 15 years due to its use by many famous athletes. The veterinary medical community has been embracing the use of PRP as a regenerative medicine technique in animals for the last 10 years, and here at Companion Animal Wellness Center, PRP is one of the holistic services we offer in our integrative veterinary medicine approach.
Blood contains a liquid component (plasma), and solid components (red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets). Platelets are well known for their importance in clotting blood, however they also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors that are important in healing injuries. PRP is plasma that has been treated to contain 5 to 10 times the concentration of platelets and growth factors than that of normal blood. Laboratory studies have shown that increased concentration of growth factors and PRP can potentially speed up the healing process. The blood of the patient is drawn and then processed to establish a high concentration of platelets. The platelet rich plasma is then carefully injected into the injured tendons or ligaments that need to be treated. This therapy is most often used for the relief of pain from acute or chronically damaged tendons or ligaments. PRP can also be used during surgery to help the healing of surgically repaired structures, as well as to aid in healing chronic non-healing wounds such as skin ulcerations and corneal ulcers. Platelet rich plasma therapy is often used in conjunction with other therapies, although it can also stand alone to aid in healing. Contact CAWC to learn more about this valuable regenerative technique and if it could help your pet.