Regenerative medicine refers to therapies that aim to restore orthopedic function and  alleviate pain using the body’s own tools, such as stem cells and blood products. Our veterinary clinic offers stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. PRP is used in our practice most commonly to treat patients suffering with arthritis, partial tear of the cruciate ligament, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, tendinopathies and in conjunction with surgical treatment of cruciate ruptures. 

Platelet rich plasma is created by obtaining a blood sample, and centrifuging the sample to remove whole blood cells and other cells and factors that can lead to inflammation. The products left over in the PRP are platelets and proteins that have anti-inflammatory properties and promote healing. When the platelets degranulate they release growth factors and cytokines that stimulate cell growth and regeneration. A study by Dycus showed PRP was very effective in promoting healing of a partially torn cruciate ligament. We have seen great success in our practice in alleviating pain caused by orthopedic disease. A great example is Dr. Franklin’s own personal pet Hank who is affected with hip dysplasia. Several years ago Hank became acutely unable to load himself in the car and would not climb stairs. After treating with PRP injections in his hips Hank became markedly more comfortable and started climbing stairs and jumping in the car again. He has been managed with PRP injections and other medical management for the past 5 years. 

The stem cell therapeutics we use at Dogwood Veterinary Clinic are derived from bone marrow. Bone marrow is obtained from the wing of the femur, and centrifuged to concentrate mesenchymal stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells are capable of differentiating into specialized cells, in addition, these stem cells also produce growth factors and anti-inflammatory mediators which promote healing. At DVC stem cell treatment is only recommended in conjunction with PRP. 

These therapies are not intended to be used as a sole treatment mechanism, but in addition to other therapies such as, anti-inflammatory medications, supplements, and physical rehabilitation. Our hospital offers advanced diagnostic ability and cutting-edge regenerative treatment modalities. These treatment options can be utilized in non-surgical candidates or in conjunction with orthopedic surgery, such as cruciate ligament repair, to promote healing. 

Louisville Dog surgeon and Louisville best vets at Dogwood Veterinary Clinic are here to offer care for your orthopedic needs. Please contact us to discuss treatment options for your pet and to learn if regenerative medicine can be utilized to make your pet as happy, healthy, and comfortable as possible.