Stem Cell Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma and Stem Cell Therapy
Regenerative medicine uses the body’s healing power to reduce pain, restore function, build strength, and maintain integrity. Our animal companion’s quality of life may be diminished by chronic musculoskeletal pain. The foundations of health at Qi Veterinary Clinic are proper nutrition, creative play and exercise, healthy relationships, purpose of being and wholistic therapies to optimize circulation (e.g. acupuncture, herbs, massage, etc.)
For some individuals, the modalities above have been insufficient to improve mobility satisfactorily. For others, these treatments have helped, but a more severe or chronic debility requires additional therapy. We’ve partnered with Ardent Animal Health to offer platelet rich plasma and stem cell therapy to improve mobility for these patients.
Platelets are small pieces of cells found in the bloodstream. They contain growth factors that help tissues heal and reduce inflammation.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy involves:
- Drawing blood from a patient,
- Breaking these platelets apart to release these growth factors;
- Injecting them into the peripheral circulation or the joints to reduce pain, promote healing, and improve use.
The procedure can be completed in roughly one hour.
Stem cell therapy is more involved. Stem cells are pluripotent cells, meaning they can transform into the various tissues that make up the body. Therefore, it's possible to regenerate cartilage, nerves, and connective tissues when numerous stem cells are injected into the area needing regeneration.
Stem cells are present in the bloodstream, bone marrow, and fat (adipose) – it's easiest to obtain therapeutic amounts of stem cells from abdominal fat. We can obtain abdominal fat, process it in such a way as to concentrate the stem cells, then inject them into a joint to begin repairing tissues, such as articular cartilage. The process requires most of the day, with a brief procedure to obtain the tissue and another to inject the cells into the body at the end of the day.
Over the past decade, the results from these therapies in human and animal patients have been impressive and encouraging. We're happy to discuss these options with you and answer any questions.
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