Regenerative Medicine

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative cell therapy has garnered much attention over the years through media and medical reporting. Whether it's ground breaking science in the generation of completely functional organs or the healing of spinal cord injuries, stem cells have remained at the forefront of the medical breakthroughs. The knowledge of these cells and their properties continues to grow, and with that, new therapies and applications are becoming more readily available. Stem cell and PRP (Platelet-rich plasma) therapies have commonly been used in human medicine, especially in professional athletes who received cell therapies to help recover from sports injuries.

Veterinary Regenerative Medicine

Veterinary regenerative medicine involves collecting your pet's naturally occurring, healing cells and growth factors, concentrating them, then returning them to the damaged tissue where they are needed most to accelerate repair. Currently, the most popular regenerative medicine techniques include the use of platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy (MSC) for dogs. South Paws Veterinary SpecialistsThese therapies can be used to reduce pain and inflammation in arthritic or otherwise injured joints, or to heal damaged muscle, ligaments, and tendons. At South Paws, we have undergone special training and acquired specific equipment to provide your pet with in-house Stem Cell and PRP treatments. Most importantly, our Companion Regenerative Therapy system is one of the few systems tested and validated specifically for canine patients.

South Paws offers the following regenerative medicine options:

Can Regenerative Medicine help my dog?

If your dog has been suffering from arthritis or tendon or ligament injuries, your dog may be a candidate for regenerative medicine. A visit to your veterinarian or South Paws should include a thorough history, physical examination, and diagnosis of your dog's injury. Once we have obtained a definitive diagnosis, we will determine which regenerative treatment option is best for your pet.

Regenerative medicine allows for the 3 "R's"

  • Reduced inflammation and pain
  • Restoration of range of motion in the joints and improved quality of life
  • Regeneration of damaged tendon muscle joint and cartilage damage with healthy, functional knee tissues

How are the therapies administered?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and BMAC stem cells are typically administered by injection directly into the area of injury. This includes injecting directly into a joint, tendon or ligament. For cases involving wound care, the therapy is administered topically, similar to a wound dressing. BMAC stem cells are always administered in combination with PRP to obtain the most effective treatment.

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