By Dr. Radica Raj, DVM
What is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a cutting-edge treatment that is available at a fraction of the cost of stem cell therapy and has been used successfully for years in both human and equine medicine.
PRP has now been introduced in the treatment of cats and dogs all over the world and the success rate and effectiveness of this therapy is causing a rapid growth in its popularity.
How Does PRP Therapy Work?
The science behind PRP therapy is quite complex but the underlying principle is simple. Blood is drawn from your pet. Use of the patient’s own blood (autologous blood) to obtain the platelets helps eliminate the risk of disease transmission or allergic reactions. The blood sample is then centrifuged to get PRP. This PRP is then injected into the patient.
When the platelets are injected into the affected area, they break open and release multiple growth factors which bring about tissue repair and healing.
PRP therapy can be used to alleviate pain, repair damaged tissue in some cases and prevent rapid progression of degenerative joint disease.
It works well for both cats and dogs.
What Does PRP Therapy Help Treat?
PRP therapy is primarily used to promote the healing of musculoskeletal conditions caused by either injury or illness.
It is used in these conditions: tendonitis, partial ligament tears, luxating patellas, intervertebral disk disease (back and neck pain), osteoarthritis, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia and in some cases, skin and dental issues.
How Effective is PRP?
There is an abundance of Clinical and research data that has shown PRP therapy can be effective in treating new injuries as well as chronic cases.
PRP therapy has produced great results both as a stand-alone treatment and also as an augmentation to other treatments such as medication, supplements, physical therapy and exercise.
Is PRP Right for Your Pet?
PRP therapy is an option that you should discuss with your veterinarian especially if your pet has musculoskeletal issues or degenerative joint disease, including spondylosis as well as intervertebral disk disease.
PRP treatment is relatively affordable and there is an extremely low risk of injury or adverse reaction.