Clinical Concepts in Platelet Rich Plasma
Managing Pain and Improving Joint Health
Orthobiologics, such as platelet rich plasma (PRP), are being used more frequently in veterinary medicine to treat pets suffering from certain orthopedic conditions. PRP is blood, typically derived from the patient, that has been processed, most commonly using centrifugation, to contain a higher platelet concentration than the whole blood.
When trauma occurs, platelets are among the first responders that migrate to the injury site and provide a critical hemostatic function. Platelets also release growth factors, including platelet-derived growth factor. These growth factors stimulate new blood vessel formation, trigger mitosis and macrophage activation, and increase collagen production from fibroblasts. Delivering PRP directly can help the tissue heal better and faster, with no risk of disease transmission or immune reaction because the patient’s blood is used.
If you have considered this therapy for your patients, fill out the form below toread the downloadable materials to learn more about the process, and the conditions that benefit from PRP.
These resources were made possible through the generous support of Arthrex Vet Systems