Treating injuries in horses, particularly orthopedic injuries, is something which has always been done with difficulty. Every third sports horse has a tendon or ligament injury during his career. It takes 9-12 month to heal and 70% of them can not reach the previous results again. A repeated injury also occurs in 66% of cases and scar tissue is formed. Value and the skill level of the horse have also fallen, but not if you choose to treat injuries with horse stem cell therapy.
Of course, horse owners always want to ensure that their animals are receiving the best treatment possible and get back to racing as soon as possible. As a result, many of them are jumping at the opportunity to try stem cells. So let’s run through the basics of equine stem cell therapy.
The Harvesting Of The Cells
The cells used for the treatment of horse injuries are known as mesenchymal stem cells. These are multipotent stromal cells that can differentiate into a variety of cell types, including osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage cells), myocytes (muscle cells) and adipocytes (fat cells).
There are several ways and methods to get hold of donor stem cells:
- Bone marrow;
- Adipose-derived stem cells (from Fat);
- Maternally-derived stem cells. They come from the umbilical cord blood as well as the tissue;
- Other options with different benefits.
These donor stem cells are collected and then grown until there are enough stem cells for treatment. In most cases, this is going to be around 10 million stem cells – we see this as the optimal amount to increase the success of the treatment.
How Can Horse Stem Cell Therapy Help?
Stem cells can be used to treat horse injuries. The greatest success seems to be with injuries to the tendon and ligament.
The proper use of stem cells can help to speed up healing of these areas in horses 3-4 times.
One of the areas where we have seen a lot of success with this treatment is injuries to the Deep Digital Flexor Tendons (DDFT). These tendons help to endure most of the animal’s weight. This means that if they are damaged, it can cause serious damage to the horse. Damage to these tendons can be tough to treat.
It is believed that using traditional methods of treatment will get the animal fully healed about 29% of the time. Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that the use of stem cells as a healing method could get the animal back to work 75% of the time.
Medrego experience and cases show even up to 90% of success rate.
Obviously, we do not have a 100% success rate, but having such a high success rate is something which really warrants further research.
Stem Cell Therapy Also Treats Muscle Injuries
There are many ways your horse can injure a muscle – even when he is sitting somewhere and you spook him by accident, he can still pull, tear or otherwise injure it.
It’s the same as with us, humans. We can injure ourselves in a lot of different ways.
If you are competing with your horse in competitions, then you must know that muscle injury can affect the horse’s performance. You will see that he is not giving his 100% and is lazy.
That is where horse stem cell therapy comes in.
It treats your horse’s muscle injury much faster than a standard treatment.
Contact us for more information about how it can treat your horse’s muscle injury.
Improve Overall Aging Signs
Treating your horse’s injuries will not only make your horse heal faster, but also help your older horse live his days better.
When horses get old, they start to become very lazy and unhappy – they don’t want to do the things they used to do before.
But with stem cell therapy that can change. Look at that from this point of view – would you want to spend all the days in your old age sitting on the couch watching tv all day?
You would not, and the same goes for your old horse – he does not want to spend the rest of his life in the barn, but he also does not feel strong enough to do anything else.
Give him that opportunity with stem cell therapy.
Of course, you will have to follow some standard old horse treatment too.
There is also evidence that stem cells can help to treat the following:
- Bowed tendons or ligaments;
- Joint disease;
- Fetlock injuries;
- Muscle injuries;
- Improve overall aging signs;
- Boost energy and endurance for racehorses (improve lap times).
In the future, researchers are considering seeing stem cells assist with helping damaged or diseased organs, dealing with orthopedic disease, or even dealing with laminitis. We are excited to see the impact this will have on stem cell treatment going forward.