Experiences with Stem Cell, PRP & Shockwave therapy
My very special mare whacked herself in the leg and messed up her right front flexor (through hardshell boots, mind you- she's a big girl) Vet said 4-10 months layup plus 6-12 months gradually increasing work. It's right before show season and I'm heartbroken, naturally. I gave myself this year and *maybe* next to show her before sending her back to our breeding farm in North Carolina to retire and have babies (I live in AZ) If her layup winds up being on the 10 month side of the estimate, I'll probably wind up breeding her this season. :cry:
Vet suggested stem cell, PRP and shockwave therapy. Our lifelong vet who handles our broodmares back in NC suggested that we go through the University of Tennessee to work with universal donor stem cells, which are apparently somewhat more effective and less expensive, since the whole harvesting/culture process is skipped. Just wondering what your experiences have been like with these treatments, and what kinds of layups you experienced?
This is what our vet in AZ sent me:
Willow sustained a traumatic injury to her right front flexor tendon approximately 2 1/2 weeks ago. Although minimally lame the area of diffuse swelling was hot and tender on palpation at initial examination. Tendon margins were poorly defined. One week of stall rest with standing wraps over DOMOSO/Surpass eliminated the diffuse swelling, leaving a discrete (3” x 2” x 2”) enlargement distal to the midpoint between knee and ankle.
Ultrasound examination (12/20/12) of the discrete enlargement revealed a tendon core lesion. Core lesions are characterized by a lucent area on ultrasound examination – a fluid density at the tendon core. The fluid is blood/serum. Surrounding tendon fibers are displaced and disorganized by the blood/hematoma.
Any opinions would be appreciated! Just looking for a little bit of hope here. I've pretty much been a leaky faucet since I received the above email yesterday. Disclaimer: I've been out of horses for a long time and this is my first time dealing with tendon injuries on my own as an adult, so I know these are pretty common treatments, but I've never dealt with them.