When is regenerative therapy considered for horses?
Regenerative therapy is a comprehensive term used to describe any procedure that stimulates the body to heal itself. Regenerative therapies use bodily properties to help support healing tissue, which more closely simulates original, organized tissue as opposed to scar tissue that can form following an injury. In the healing process, the objective is to rehabilitate the injured tissue to its original function prior to injury to enable the horse to return to previous performance, while also minimizing the risk of reinjuring the tissue.
Regenerative therapy involves three elements to enable tissues to heal itself. Tissues need an environment in which they can regenerate, the particular type of tissue cells that need to be healed or cells that signal the need to direct healing, and inflammatory intermediaries that direct during tissue restoration.
Pro-Stride® Autologous Protein Solution (APS) is a device that creates a drug-free solution to help manage arthritis and other causes of equine lameness by helping to lessen pain and reduce inflammation using the healing properties found in the horse’s own blood. Learn more here. Pro-Stride® APS can be a viable option for younger and older horses as well as competing horses. Horses that have Cushing’s or Equine Metabolic Syndrome or that are at high risk of metabolic diseases will not exhibit the bodily effects that can occur as a result of steroids when injected with Pro-Stride® APS.
Pro-Stride® APS can also be a practical option for young horses exhibiting joint soreness or inflammation without the potential side effects of impact to growth as can be exhibited by steroids. There is also no regulatory time away from FEI and USEF competition for competing horses injected with Pro-Stride® APS.
Atlantic Equine Services can treat your horse with Pro-Stride® APS right at your farm. Consult with one of our veterinarians to schedule an evaluation and for suitable options available for your horse.