PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma, is created from your horse’s blood right here in our lab at Countryside. A sample of blood is drawn and spun in a special centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells and most of the white blood cells. The plasma is then concentrated so it contains higher-than-normal blood levels of platelets. It's ready for injection into the injury the same day, often in less than an hour.
PRP is used for tendon and ligament healing and granulation of tissue defects. Normal PRP therapy is recommended for both recent tendon and ligament injuries as well as injuries that have not healed using traditional rest and controlled exercise. PRP can also be used for horses with severe joint disease that are no longer responding to traditional joint therapy (injection with hyaluronic acid and corticosteroids).