Stem Cell & PRP

Mass Equine is currently one of the few clinics in the northeast that offers stem cell harvesting via liposuction. This leaves a virtually undetectable incision for fat collection in contrary to the older lipectomy technique which used to leave large scars and a “divet” where the fat was removed. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells. This means that they have not been “programmed” to become a certain type of cell. These cells still retain the ability to develop into a more specialized type of cell. Stem cells have been successful for a lot of different types of therapies, but are commonly used in equine medicine for tendon and ligament
injuries. Stem cells are harvested from your horses fat or bone marrow and sent
to a lab for isolation and processing. The cells are sent back to Mass Equine in an injectable form and they are placed in the lesion via ultrasound guidance. This drastically increases likelyhood of successful healing and likelyhood of returning back to a full athletic perfomance level. One of the most common injuries that Mass Equine has successfully treated are suspensory ligament injuries, but tendon and joint injuries are being treated more and more frequently. Please call Mass Equine at 508-278-6511 for a free consultation on stem cell therapy.
Platelets Rich Plasma (PRP) – PRP is another modality used to increase healing. Platelets contain all the healing factors, growth factors ad cytokines needed to stimulate Soft tissue and bone injuries. These factors are released after injection.
To perform PRP, blood from the patient is harvested and processed to obtain platelet rich plasma (PRP). PRP is obtained by a special centrifuge that spins the blood to separate the platelets from the rest of the sample then concentrates them for injection. The end product has various beneficial growth factors in healing.
Massachusetts Equine Clinic has a state of the art arteriocyte/magellan PRP system that concentrates the platelets over 12 times. This is a large advantage over other systems that only concentrate 2-3 times. We are able to perform PRP either here at the clinic or at your farm.
Please see following website for more detail on PRP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platelet-rich_plasma
IRAP, or Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein, is a product that is popular for joint injections. Equine athletes are susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries and osteoarthritis. Clinical signs of osteoarthritis, including lameness, joint swelling and inflammation, are a result of cartilage damage within the joint and inflammation of the joint lining. This joint trauma results in the release of inflammatory mediators such as Interleukin-1. If inflammation becomes increasingly chronic or severe, these inflammatory mediators can actually do damage to a joint, resulting in further lameness and progression of arthritis.
IRAP was developed to counteract the Interleukin-1 that is produced in a traumatized joint and work to slow the progression of osteoarthritis. It has anti-inflammatory effects just like a corticosteroid, but does not have any of the long term effects that steroids can have when used repeatedly. The IRAP involves drawing 50mL of your horse’s blood into a specialized syringe which stimulates the production of the antagonist protein. The blood is incubated for 24 hours, placed in a centrifuge, then the IRAP rich plasma is removed and stored in a freezer until use. IRAP is then injected into the joint once every 7-10 days for 3-5 treatments.