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While tendon injuries are common, treating them is still an inexact science. But recent medical advances are helping to improve
Medical and biological treatments for tendon injuries
Platelet rich plasma (PRP): a blood sample is taken from the horse and the platelets from this are removed and concentrated down as a source of growth factors to stimulate healing.
Bone marrow concentrate: processed bone marrow containing a mixture of stem cells and growth factors.
Autologous conditioned serum (IRAP): most commonly used in joints, but also helps healing of soft tissue injuries. A blood sample from the horse is incubated in a lab overnight and a soup of anti-inflammatory agents and growth factors prepared from it.
Stem cells: generally cultured from bone marrow in the laboratory, taking about three weeks to be ready for use.
Hyaluronic acid, for example Hyonate or Hy50: there is little evidence of clinical benefit, but the use of these treatments may decrease the risk of adhesions occurring around an injury.
Anti-arthritic agents, for example Adequan and Cartrophen: there is no evidence of direct benefit, but can have anti-inflammatory benefits.
To read the full veterinary article on modern tendon treatments see the current issue of H&H (16 February 2012)
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