People are always looking for alternate treatment to traditional western medicine for a variety of reasons. Natural healing occurs within the body and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy PRP is a good example of how we can resource the bodies natural healing properties. Natural healing platelet rich plasma therapy is very popular at Australind Veterinary Hospital and we are getting very good results.
Platelets exist in the body and are well know for their role in blood clotting. When you cut yourself, platelets form a plug to create haemostasis to stem the bleeding. Platelets also contain growth factors which are released when platelets are activated. Growth factors stimulate tissue regeneration and natural healing.
The growth factors in platelets include :
platelet derived growth factor
transforming growth factor beta
insulin – like growth factor 1
insulin – like growth factor 2
fibroblast growth factor
epidermal growth factor
vascular endothelial growth factor
keratinocyte growth factor
Connective tissue growth factor
Platelets therefore are an amazing source of the bodies natural healing chemicals that stimulate repair and regeneration of tissues.
Platelet rich plasma therapy is a concentrated form of platelets that are injected into the area that we need to repeair or stimulate regeneration. PRP increases platelets by ten times thus concentrating the regenerative process ten fold.
It really works.
We have been using PRP at Australind Veterinary Hospital for the last twelve months being the first veterinary hospital in Western Australia to use this technology.
At Australind Vet we have found the use of PRP to be especially helpful following cruciate surgery for canine cruciate disease. We get faster natural healing and earlier return to function of the stifle joint. Earlier weight bearing allows earler rehabilitation exercises. There is a synergy of faster healing and faster rehabilitation leading to more successful surgical outcomes.
Blood is collected from the patient. This is collected into a special syringe that will allow separation of the cells, plasma and platelets. The collected blood is put into a centrifuge and spun to separate the blood into the different components.
Once the blood is collected and spun in a centrifuge, it is separated. using the specially designed syringes, the platelet rich plasma can now be drawn into a separate syringe for injection. The photo below shows the special syringe which draws the PRP away from the blood cells. The syringe is unwound from the original blood collection unit and can now be used for injection into the body at the site for natural healing to be stimulated and maximised.
Now that the PRP has been collected, it can be used for injection into any area of the body that requires natural healing.
If you are interested in alternate healing therapies and natural treatment for injuries, we have found PRP to be useful for canine cruciate disease for pre and post operative treatment. It is also helpful for osteoarthritis. PRP is particularly useful for tendon and ligament injuries. We have used it for gastrocnemius tendon (achilles) injuries, shoulder injures and elbow injuries. It is a great adjunct to all soft tissue surgeries.
PRP has also been shown to be helpful for healing corneal ulcers of the eye.
We use Platelet Rich Plasma post operatively following canine cruciate surgery.
PRP therapy can also reduce pain. Analgesia can be improved post operatively as well as post traumatically by using PRP.
This exciting technology is used at Australind Veterinary Hospital.
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We also do Stem Cell Therapy for natural healing. Check the amazing results of stem cell therapy here.