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Platelet Rich Plasma vs Stem Cells

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There are so many questions about PRP and Stem Cells. Here, I will talk about the main differences between the two.

  • What is PRP
  • What is Stem Cells
  • When do I Use PRP vs Stem Cells?

Platelet Rich Plasma

PRP is blood plasma with a concentrated platelet count.  The concentrated platelets are obtained by centrifugation or filtration of the horse’s blood. The plasma obtained can be injected directly into the tendon, ligament lesion or directly into the joint.
The advantages of using PRP include:

  • The ease of use and administration of growth factors.
  • Great anti-inflammatory properties
  • The facility to obtain PRP compared to stem cells
  • Less expensive

Stem Cells

Stem cells can be derived from multiple sources. They can be obtained from either the fat, bone marrow,  dental pulp cavity, placenta and others.
They are most commonly used for tendon, ligament healing, and joint repair. Although we are using them in other areas such as LUNGS and it is showing to be very promising.
Daily research continues exploring the mode of action and benefits of stem cell therapy.

The advantages of using Stem Cell Therapy include:

  • Possibly better healing
  • Regeneration of tissue
The Best of Both Worlds: PRP and STEM CELLS together
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Stem Cells and PRP

This horse received both Stem Cells and PRP

  • Better healing
  • Faster antinflamatories

Final outcome 9 months later.

The healing quality showed in the longevity of the athlete. Treatment was 3 years ago and the horse continues to compete sound without recurrence

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