Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) Therapy
During the past decade, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has emerged as an effective treatment for equine tendon, ligament and even bone injuries. Used in humans prior to its use in horses, PRP delivers concentrated platelets and growth factors to the site of injury, accelerating the healing process and regenerating tissue.
Research involving injured racehorses has shown that orthopedic injuries respond very positively to PRP therapy. Not only is there an acceleration of bone and wound healing, but there is evidence of increased formation of blood vessels, connective tissue and skin.
New York Equine uses the Pulsevet ProTec™ PRP system. Here is some information from Pulsevet:
What is ProTec™?
ProTecTM is a self-contained, single-use kit that isolates platelets–rich in platelets–from whole blood to make platelet-rich plasma. When applied to an injury, ProTecTM Platelet-Rich Plasma delivers a high concentration of growth factors that accelerate tissue regeneration and healing.
How Does ProTec™ Work?
ProTecTM isolates and concentrates platelets into an easily-injected product that is applied directly to a wound or site of injury. The platelets contain Growth Factors that induce and support tissue repair.
Platelet-Derived Growth Factors:
- Mediate inflammation
- Affect tissue growth
- Stimulate cell regeneration
- Have an analgesic effect
- Reduce scar tissue formation
The increased concentration of growth factors contained in ProTecTM Platelet-Rich Plasma jump-starts the healing cascade directly at the wound site. The platelets are enmeshed in a dense fibrin clot that provides structure to the wound and a matrix over which new tissue grows. The fibrin matrix dissolves slowly, releasing the platelets throughout the critical initial phases of the healing cascade. As the platelets degranulate they express growth factors that recruit new cells to the site.
Is the ProTec™ Technology Proven?
Yes. The product is currently used on humans to treat ACL repair, meniscus and rotator cuff tears, for chronic skin ulcers and to accelerate healing of bone voids prior to dental prosthetic implantation. Hundreds of studies have been conducted on the beneficial use of platelet-derived growth factors in the healing process.
Is ProTec™ Safe?
ProTecTM is 100% safe to use. Since ProTecTM Platelet-Rich Plasma is formed only from the animal’s own blood, ProTecTM PRP will not illicit an immune response. ProTecTM is a sterile, closed system: ProTecTM Platelet-Rich Plasma is not exposed to conditions that may introduce biological or chemical contaminants during processing. The interior of the tubes and all components in the fluid path are sterile.
What Applications Are Best for ProTec™?
ProTecTM is ideal to use in any application where faster healing, increased wound strength, pain relief and reduced scarring is desired.
ProTecTM is ideal for use in:
- Skin Injuries
- Bone Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Chronic and Acute Wounds
- Injuries with limited vascularity
ProTecTM has been successfully used to treat equine corneal ulcers, acute skin wounds, tendon and ligament injuries. Numerous studies showing the positive benefits of using Platelet-derived growth factors in healing animals and humans have been conducted.
How Does ProTec™ Differ From Other Products on the Market?
ProTecTM Platelet-RichPlasma contains all 3 elements necessary to advance tissue regeneration and healing:
No other product on the market designed to promote healing provides all three.