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While tendon injuries are common, treating them is still an inexact science. But recent medical advances are helping to improve
the odds.

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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