Both shock wave and platelet-rich-plasma therapies offer minimally-invasive treatment options that provide enduring results with minimal recovery time. Highlights of both products are included below. Please discuss with your veterinarian to determine if these treatments are right for your horse.
VersaTron Shock Wave Therapy
Shock wave is a noninvasive, high-energy pressure wave treatment, which is commonly used in human and veterinary medicine. It helps the body in relieving pain, speeding healing and improving quality of healing.
The VersaTron system has been proven effective for treating such conditions as:
- Tendon and ligament injuries (Suspensory/Deep Digital Flexor Tendon)
- Bone Fractures (stress fractures/splints)
- OA/Joint inflammation and pain
- Foot Injuries (Desmitis/Navicular syndrome/Ringbone/Chronic Heel Pain)
- Back pain/Kissing spines
Shock wave treatments can help your horse to return to work more quickly and has a more than a decade of clinical success behind it. The VersaTron is covered by most all insurance companies (up to 3 treatments) so it’s a beneficial option to owners.
NOT all shock wave is created equal. To better understand the different types and to ensure you are receiving the gold standard you may want to review the physics behind shock wave “energy healing”. Click here for more information.
NEW INDICATION VIDEOS ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL – We’ve added Case Study Videos by Indication to our YouTube channel! They include experiences and tips on treating the following indications with VersaTron shockwave therapy (courtesy of Virginia Equine Imaging and Dr. Kent Allen) – Back Pain/Kissing Spines – Chronic Heel Pain – Bone Spavin – Deep Digital Flexor Tendonitis (DDFT) – Meniscal Tear of the Stifle – Treating the Poll – Splint Bone Fractures – Stress Fractures – Proximal Suspensory Desmitis – Ringbone Click here to access our video channel and view!
ProTec Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
ProTec PRP is a regenerative therapy that uses the healing benefits of an animal’s own blood to jumpstart recovery. ProTec uses a sterile, single-use kit to draw a small amount of blood from an animal into a sterile tube. That tube is spun in a centrifuge at a specific speed. With the ProTec system, red and white blood cells are separated from the plasma so that the remaining plasma becomes rich in healing platelets and growth factors – referred to as a Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP. Using a sterile needle, your veterinarian will inject only the PRP – typically a yellowish/gold color – into the wound or injury.
ProTec is ideal to use in any application where faster healing, increased wound strength, pain relief, and reduced scarring is desired. Your veterinarian may recommend ProTec PRP be used in tendon/ligament injuries, joint injuries, for wound healing, or for an injury where there is a need for increased blood flow.
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