Stem Cell Therapy

Shockwave Therapy

Stem cell therapy has become popular for the treatment of tendon, ligament, and joint diseases in the horse. A stem cell has pluripotency (it can become any type of cell) or multipotency (it can become any cell, but with limitations). Technically stem cells can be obtained from any tissue; however, bone marrow-derived has the most scientific evidence supporting efficacy. We collect bone marrow and, under special laboratory conditions, stem cells can be cultured. These can be placed in areas of injury, where they can integrate into local tissue and aid in repairing injury/reducing inflammation.

Equine Stem Cells, Current technology enables us to take cells from a horse and implant the cultured tissue back into the same horse (known as autologous therapy). We never use cells from one horse to treat another. Stem cells are usually for a tendon injury or intra-articular soft tissue injury. Implantation of the stem cells is a straightforward procedure, performed under sedation with or without an ultrasound to guide the injection. This can be performed on an out-patient basis. The veterinary surgeon responsible for your horse will discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with stem cell therapy, together with post-implantation care and exercise. Complications are very rare. In most cases, we like to see the horse for follow-up assessment one month after injection.