One of the most common (and serious) type of injuries in athletic horses are suspensory ligament injuries. Usual treatment include rest, and administering anti-inflammatory medications. Then maybe a surgery, which is highly risky as it can mean that the horse will never be able to perform on a competitive level.
That’s why veterinarians love PRP. It’s extremely simple. Blood is drawn from the horse and the components are separated using a centrifuge and a concentrated amount of platelets are injected into the horse’s injured area. Then the healing begins. In addition to the platelets, the proteins in the blood also play a role in the healing.
Healing usually happens in 3-4 weeks. And during that time, the horses may undergo a combination of rest and physical therapy to aid healing. PRP injections performed at the appropriate time (within a few days of injury) can increase cartilage reproduction at a remarkable rate avoiding scar tissue formation.
For effective healing, PRP serum with a platelet count of 3-4 times that of normal blood is good. And you don’t need to “activate” the PRP.
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