IRAP, which stands for interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein, is one of the newest treatments for horses with synovitis, degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis (OA). IRAP is naturally present in the body. IRAP therapy simply aims to increase this specific protein in a joint so the body can naturally fight OA. While traditional joint treatments only mask the symptoms of the joint problem, IRAP treats symptoms and prevents further damage. Joint problems can include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to the joint cartilage. Depending on the severity, a joint problem may inhibit a horse's performance or negatively affect its quality of life.IRAP therapy provides your horse longer-lasting relief and benefits compared to traditional joint treatments.
IRAP therapy usually includes one harvest of IRAP, meaning one blood draw from your horse, and a series of three treatment injections depending on the joint.
IRAP syringe filled with glass beads
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a blood by-product that is rich in platelets, which are a reservoir for growth factors. PRP can enhance the healing response and quality of repair at the cellular level when used to treat tendonitis and suspensory ligament desmitis (bowed tendons). Tendonitis and inflammation of suspensory ligaments are common injuries in performance horses. Traditional treatments have included icing, supportive bandaging, anti-inflammatory medication and rehabilitation techniques. These methods can be valuable but often do not restore the tendon or ligament to normal strength, which can leave a horse prone to re-injury of the tissue. PRP combined with these traditional treatment methods has been found to produce very favorable results.
PRP is harvested from a simple blood draw and is injected immediately into an injured area.
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy is an exciting new treatment for equine injuries. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to replicate and differentiate into a diverse range of cell types, including tendon, ligament, bone, cartilage and muscle. They can be harvested from bone marrow or fat for use in tendon injuries and in joints.
Bone Marrow Aspirated Concentrate (BMAC) is a concentrated form of bone marrow that contains growth factors and stem cells. The bone marrow is collected from the sternum and is concentrated in a special centrifuge. Stem cells are then ready to be injected into a tendon lesion with the guidance of an ultrasound.
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