Stem cell therapy for horses – best way to treat tendon and ligament injuries
Medrego offers stem cell therapy for horses with EquiCell product for tendon & ligament injuries.
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 on horse
Tendon and ligament injuries
A tendon is a bundle of elastic fibers, mostly made of collagen, that attaches muscle to bone and helps move the skeleton and 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.
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.
The horse tendon injury takes a long time to heal – six months to a year of turnout. If a horse was brought back to the track and the tendon had mostly healed with scar tissue, the weakened tendon could give way and the injury recur.
EquiCell transplantation material contains 10 millions of sterile allogenic 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.
We can offer the EquiCell product from adipose-derived stem cells, as well as our unique source (with more growth factors) stem cells.
How it 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.
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.