Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP therapy is an injection of a high concentration of platelets in the form of blood plasma into a lesion. The platelets are rich in growth factors and anti-inflammatory proteins which aid in the healing process. The veterinarian draws the horse’s blood and processes it, using only the concentrated platelet rich portion for the treatment. The injured area is then prepped and the PRP is injected directly into, or immediately surrounding the lesion. PRP therapy is often accompanied by a single shock wave treatment done prior to the injection. PRP is most commonly used as treatment of various tendon and ligament injuries, as well as an intra-articular therapy.