Stem cell therapy is becoming a popular choice of treatment for tendon and ligament injuries, as well as joint disease in the horse.
Mesenchymal Stem Cell therapy: stem cells can be collected from the sternum, tuber coxa or recovered from fat. There may be cases where the direct injection of stem cell solution is warranted without incubation. In most cases the cells are incubated to increase the numbers, these are then selected according to their ability to adhere to a surface and their ability to develop into different tissues and they are then injected directly into the lesion or joint affected.
We understand that the stem cell therapy relies on the chemical messengers released fro the stem cells at time of injection.
We can adhere the stem cells onto spheres that contain growth factors; this is an exciting development from Europe.