Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma harvests the healing parts of the body—the platelets—from the blood, then concentrates the platelets by centrifugation.
Our veterinarians then inject the concentrated healing platelets into the area in need of treatment. Colorado Equine Clinic veterinarians use this treatment for injured tendons, joint inflammation, hoof cracks, laminitis, and some coffin bone fractures. Since 2008 success has been excellent, as long as any mechanical interference to healing has been removed. Click here to read a testimonial from a recent PRP patient.
High-intensity laser therapy is a non-invasive way to stimulate cellular function and promote healing. To be effective, a laser must emit a wavelength of 800 – 900nm to penetrate the horse’s layers of skin and fat to ultimately reach the muscle tissue.
- Deep muscle pain
- Slow healing wounds
- Swelling – shoe boils, post-surgery, etc.
- Strained tendons
- Kissing spines
- Nerve paralysis
- And more…
Chiropractic is the process of performing motion palpation to diagnose joint subluxations, followed by appropriate, specific adjustments to restore normal function in the spine, limbs, and surrounding soft tissue. Chiropractic is most commonly used to treat neck and back pain, but can also be helpful in some cases of obscure lameness or behavioral problems caused by musculo/skeletal pain.
A thorough lameness examination and report on the horse’s history is necessary to determine if the horse is a good candidate for chiropractic. During the exam, the veterinarian will gently manipulate the horse’s spine to assess the flexibility of the joints. Chiropractic evaluation and treatment is provided by Barbara Page, DVM.
Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate
To begin this process, bone marrow is harvested from the sternum and processed immediately by Hemasource technicians, a company providing similar services for human hospitals. Hemasource does this right here in the CEC laboratory. The concentrated bone marrow includes numerous stem cells in their own environment, of the horse’s own body, that are injected into areas of tissue damage and inflammation such as cartilage defect in joints and tendon injuries. In many cases, this will regenerate the cartilage loss. This state-of-the-art therapy as been used very successfully at Colorado Equine Clinic since 2008.