• Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein (IRAP)
This is a therapy for the treatment of joint or tendon sheath inflammation that may not respond to medication, rest or other conventional therapy. It is a biologic, so therefore it uses the patient’s own blood to produce a serum concentrated with regenerative and anti-inflammatory proteins. These proteins are then injected into the synovial cavity to combat inflammation.
This therapy requires a 24-hour processing time. After the patient’s blood is collected, it is then incubated and processed. Your horse’s IRAP will then be stored in a sub-zero freezer until it is ready to be used.
• Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
For ligament or tendon fiber injuries, PRP offers a therapy that is derived from the patient’s own regenerative abilities. Blood from the horse is collected and centrifuged to concentrate blood platelets and a variety of growth factors. These are then injected directly into the injury of the tendon or ligament. This serum matrix aids the body to produce a more correct healing and recovery from the insult.
This convenient treatment provides a concentrated solution of cells, platelets, growth factors, and anti-inflammatory proteins. Similar to IRAP, it is also a biologic, and uses the patient’s own blood to produce a serum that can be used as a joint therapy.
This therapy can be administered the same day with a processing time of around 20 minutes.
• Stem Cell Therapy
Autologous and allogeneic stem cells are available for treatment of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions that involve tendons, ligaments and joints. This may involve collections of bone marrow or fat that is then processed/purified/cultured and re-injected into the damaged tissue area.
Stem cells can be injected for regional perfusion or locally to aid the body in repairing an injured condition. This technology can be combined with other regenerative therapies and well supervised rehabilitation program in order to provide optimal “functional healing”. This gives the horse the best chance to achieve athletic success post-injury.
For horses that have bone pain, Tildren can be used to reduce bone resorption by regulating osteoclasts in the areas of excessive activity. This leads to improved bone remodeling, decreased mineral loss, and alleviation of pain induced by abnormal osteolysis.
Tildren is given intravenously and can be used systemically or regionally, however, we often use this product regionally to help horses with navicular syndrome.
• Ultrasound Guided Injection (USGI)Treatment
This technique facilitates delivering a precise treatment to the appropriate region. This is particularly important for areas of the neck, back and sacroiliac area. This treatment also optimizes precision of therapy for tendon, ligament, joint and bone injuries. USGI utilizes high quality ultrasound to visualize the anatomical structure to be treated. Needles are placed along the plane of visualization to the desired area and then medication can be administered.
A variety of musculoskeletal conditions benefit from extracorporeal shockwave therapy. Chronic pain and lameness are treated with high energy sound waves transmitted to the affected area.
Focused shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that can be used in the standing horse under mild sedation. Such therapy is utilized to treat musculoskeletal disorders such as bowed tendons, suspensory ligament desmitis, stress fractures and sore backs.
We have a Centurion Transpirator available to use for horses with respiratory conditions. This drug-free therapy has been helpful in treating horses that have obstructive respiratory conditions that may be caused by bacteria, viruses, excess mucous, and general environmental elements. This treatment is also helpful in aiding in the treatment of bleeding of performance horses. Different from nebulizers, the Transpirator system delivers pure water vapor and colloidal silver at a precisely controlled temperature to the entire respiratory tract.