use of PRP/Stem cell therapy

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Hi. I’d like some thoughts/experiences on the use of platelet rich plasma/stem cell therapy for the management of oa/djd? The results on paper seem to be great (~84%) but speaking to a human orthopod, the results aren’t as good in human oa. I’d like to be able to offer effective options to my patients. Thank you! : )

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I’m just an owner with a dog – she had PRP injections into her elbow joint space back in July 2016 as we were back at the specialist after a few years needing ‘the next step of help please’.
After a week or so I found I was noticing a difference in her. Over the following month I found I could gradually reduce the level of her oral pain relief by half. This benefit lasted about 6 months ish and then another ‘next step’ was needed.

I’ve looked into stem cell treatment but didn’t feel like the process was right for Luna – the process of harvesting and having to have a period of recovery after each step, it felt too much to put her through.

She was potentially a subject for the Arthramid trials but again I decided against it because of the requirements of the trial (gait analysis etc). I wait and watch to see how long lasting any benefits of this treatment that the trials show…

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I work for Companion animal health and have been involved heavily in educating in this area as we sell the only Canine validated system on the market. My own dog is also currently about to have stem cell and PRP combo treatment too. From what I understand recent advancements in Canine regenerative medicine has far surpassed that of human, my own boss has had stem cells in his Achilles and he did not find it very effective but a couple of the surgeons I work with have had incredible results in canines and even now looking at repairing partial cruciate tears successfully. Andy Armitage at Greenside vets is probably one of the biggest users of the therapy in the UK and he’s very interesting to watch and listen too 🙂

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