Stem Cell Therapy For Horses – Best Way To Treat Leg Injuries And Boost Performance

Horse tendon and ligament injuries take a long time to heal – six months to a year.

In fact, every third sport horse has a tendon, ligament, joint or cartilage injury during its career.

Medrego offers Stem Cell Therapy for horses – EquiCell. Therapy can help for such indications as tendon and ligament injuries, joint problems and immunomodulation purposes.

The innovative technology of Stem Cell Therapy, which uses unspecified cells from the horse’s body, has the potential to help horses heal better than ever before.

Using Stem Cell Treatment For Horse

A tendon is a bundle of elastic fibers, mostly made of collagen, that attaches muscle to bone and helps move the skeleton, therefore it is very important that you find horse tendon injury symptoms before it is too late.
Ligaments are similar but connect bone to bone and provide stability. In the case of a tendon or ligament injury, Stem Cell Therapy is the best treatment for horses.

Read more about Horse Leg Anatomy here.

Development Of Tendon And Ligament Injuries

When a horse bows a tendon, it tears the fibers at a certain point of the tendon weakening it significantly. When the tendon begins to knit back together, it is significantly hampered by the lack of blood flow.
Blood provides several healing mechanisms, including adult Stem Cells, which are able to convert themselves into specific types of cells the body needs to heal itself (in this case, tendon cells).
If the tendon does not get enough help, it eventually develops scar tissue, which weakens the tendon because it is non-elastic and haphazardly knitted together.

If a horse gets brought back to the track and the tendon is mostly healed with scar tissue, the weakened tendon can give way and cause injury recurrence!

A joint is a place in which two or more leg bones are connecting in order to ensure movement of the horse and to create the protection of its caused pressure.

For healing and proper functioning of joints, they need to be ensured with a mix of anti-inflammatory proteins, with growth factors that stimulate tissue regeneration. For the purpose of that mesenchymal Stem Cells play an important role in joint treatment for horses.

Immunomodulation For Animals is a process in which mesenchymal Stem Cells are modulating animals immune responses. In order to stimulate cell survival and tissue repair. Immunomodulation creates balance in animal immune system, protects and restores it.

EquiCell Product Details 

EquiCell transplantation material contains 10 million of sterile allogeneic equine mesenchymal tissue cells aseptically packaged into ready-to-use syringe or vial (cryotube).

After testing different cell volumes (5 – 20 million) we came up with 10 million as the optimal amount for the most effective treatment.

Standard EquiCell product is from adipose-derived Stem Cells. But there is also an option to use other cell sources as well, some of which are our innovation: unique technology and cell source combination (with more growth factors).

How Stem Cell Therapy Works 

Equine Stem Cells are adult multipotent Stem Cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and are able to regenerate tissues such as cartilage, bone, tendon and muscle.

Stem Cell Therapy allows to isolate equine Stem Cells from either your horse (autologous Stem Cell Therapy) or another horse (allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy).

It is a simple one injection treatment.

Stem cell therapy for animal treatment

These cells reduce scar tissue formation. They exert trophic, immunosuppressive, anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic effects and activate the body’s own Stem Cells, modulating the local environment and thereby stimulating tissue regeneration.

These terms refer to the way how the Stem Cells are gained to create the EquiCell product.

In allogeneic therapy cells are gained from the injured horse itself within an invasive procedure. Therefore, it requires anesthesia and surgical procedures. In most of the cases, cells work very well, but if the patient is older and body condition is not very good, cells might be less active.
In autologous therapy, cells are obtained from young, healthy and powerful donor horses. In this case, your horse would not be exposed to invasive actions. This therapy tends to be more beneficial as it is more affordable, can be provided in a shorter period of time and it might have a higher efficiency rate.

However, the safety and efficiency of both allogeneic and autologous Stem Cell treatments are very high and both therapies show similarly good results.

Stem Cells have great healing and regeneration effects that have already helped several thousand horses to get back to work and significantly improve their quality of life.

How To Proceed And Order?

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How To Proceed And Order

1. Veterinarian consultation.

Visit your veterinarian to ensure that Stem Cell Therapy is suitable for a particular case. Veterinarians will decide whether to use autologous or allogeneic Stem Cells.

If your veterinarian is not aware of such treatment options as stem cell therapy, we will be happy to assist him and explain more about the opportunities he is missing out. For most popular horse injuries Stem Cells do appear to be the most effective treatment option available.

2. Ordering Stem Cell Therapy.

Veterinarian or Horse owner can easily order the EquiCell therapy over the phone, email or order form and it will be delivered to your desired clinic on dry ice within 24-48 hours. A veterinarian can also easily store the treatment doses in a regular freezer (-20C ) for future use or upcoming cases.

3. Performing the Stem Cell Therapy. 

A veterinarian will perform a Stem Cell Therapy, that includes local short-term anesthesia and simple Stem Cell injection guided by ultrasound.

In the case of intravenous (IV) injection for overall improvements and performance boost it will be even easier, just a simple injection in the neck (bloodstream).

4. Recovery and observation.

After the procedure, follow veterinarian instructions and see how your horse recovers and thrives. The first healing results can already be seen after 2 weeks, and complete recovery takes 3-6 months.

Benefits Of Using Stem Cell Therapy

Medrego EquiCell therapy offers the following advantages:

In the case of Allogeneic therapy, it is a non-invasive procedure for your horse to obtain a mesenchymal Stem Cells (no risk of infection).
In the case of Allogeneic therapy, healthy young donor-derived cells used for any EquiCell preparation.
Decreased inflammation processes and pain for the horse. Improved mobility for a horse (decreased lameness).
Highly homogenous equine mesenchymal cell population obtained due to proprietary cell sourcing and preparation technology.
Immediate availability of cells for transplantation. The dose can be stored in a freezer.
Long-term regeneration effect and first results can be seen after 2 weeks.
High, up to 88% success rate for our clients and up to 90% less repeated injuries.
No scar tissue formed in the injury place if treatment applied timely. Good effects can be seen also for chronic injuries.
Cost-effective solution. We work hard to make Stem Cell Therapy affordable and accessible.

Disclaimer: Medrego EquiCell is not a medicinal product* or a veterinary drug. Medrego EquiCell contains unmodified sterile animal mesenchymal tissue cells only for transplantation in horses/dogs/cats. The product is made for a specific doctor’s order.

* Definition of a veterinary medicinal product in the European Union can be found in Article 2 of Directive 2004/28/EC, an amendment of Directive 2001/82/EC relating to veterinary medicinal products.

Reviews From A Horse Owners and Veterinarians After Using Stem Cell Therapy

Book An Online Consultation

Free 15 minute consultation

You can book a FREE 15-min online phone consultation (European clients only) about your particular case with our Stem Cell Therapy consultant. You can learn more about use cases and indications, how to order and administer the Stem Cell Therapy and also hear our success stories.

This will not be medical advice over the phone, so you still need your veterinarian to look and examine the injury and then decide upon treatment.

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