Regenerative medicine is the treatment of choice for many musculoskeletal problems. B.W. Furlong and Associates is proud to offer Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP), ProStride, and Stem Cell therapies for both soft tissue and joint problems, either as an immediate treatment for acute injuries, or to maintain performance in chronic cases. Our PRP system is the Magellan Harvest system, which is the same machine used for human care, which guarantees the service is of the highest quality available. The practice also offers IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein), a unique gene therapy, used in the treatment of joint inflammation, arthritis, and certain soft tissue injuries. Please ask your veterinarian how regenerative medicine could be of use in your horse.
Shock Wave Therapy
Shock wave therapy has proven highly successful in the treatment of soft tissue structures that are close to bone, such as suspensory ligaments, tendons, and feet. It is a commonly used treatment for sport horse injuries because it requires little preparation (light sedation), is non-invasive, and can be used for both chronic and acute injuries. The wave emitted from the device stimulates new cell growth and improves circulation, which promotes healing. The treatment also results in a temporary analgesic effect (pain relief).
Regenerative Laser Therapy
High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT) allows for high power outputs of deep penetrating energy to be applied to injuries without the risk of damaging superficial tissues. The wavelength of the laser is optimized for specific tissue types to be treated, while also being minimally absorbed by water, melanin, and hemoglobin. This results in dilation of local vessels and the creation of new vessels, increased availability of growth factors and oxygen, and increases energy production of cells. Furthermore, this laser can recruit and direct certain stem cells to orchestrate healing, which is especially in important in chronic injury and the reduction of scar tissue. The laser can be used in acute injury as well as incorporated in the management of chronic conditions.