Alternative Pain Relief Treatments Available: Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection Therapy

Jefferson Veterinary Hospital is excited to offer two, new, state of the art treatment options to help provide faster recovery time from surgeries and wounds, and pain relief for animals.  The two treatments are stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection therapy.

Stem Cell Therapy

Since 2004, stem cell therapy has been used to help pets. The therapy uses an animal’s own stem cells, obtained through a minimally invasive surgery, to help reduce inflammation and pain in arthritic joints.  It is primarily used to manage osteoarthritis, but may also have other applications that are under investigation, such as for kidney disease, allergies and inflammatory bowel disease.  Jefferson Veterinary Hospital will focus on using stem cell therapy to help manage pain and mobility problems caused by osteoarthritis and other joint related issues. It is an outpatient treatment that can all be performed on the same day in Jefferson Veterinary Hospital, and does not require an overnight stay in the hospital.

Stem cell therapy has the potential to remove the need for, and cost of, long term medication, and frequent blood work that is associated with such medication, as the stem cells work to reduce pain and inflammation for twelve to eighteen months after treatment.

How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?

Stem cells are powerful cells present in both human and animal bodies that can become other types of cells. They are many stem cells on fat tissue, but these are “asleep”. Stem cell therapy allows the veterinarians at Jefferson Veterinary Hospital to isolate these stem cells from your pet’s fat tissue, “wake them up” and then re-introduce them into areas that need to be healed. All of this occurs within Jefferson Veterinary Hospital.

Why Use Stem Cell Therapy?

Stem cells treat the source of the problem by offering the ability to become new tissue to replace damaged tissue. Other treatments, such as pain medications work to help with pain by reducing the symptoms. Stem cell therapy is a low risk treatment, because it uses the animal’s own stem cells. Itoffers an all-natural alternative to drugs and steroids.

Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Therapy

PRP injection therapy is a non surgical procedure where the animal’s own blood is taken and then platelets are extracted and injected directly into a wound or surgical site to help promote healing.  It aims to reduce the time that it takes for your pet to heal after surgery, and help speed up healing and recovery time and reduce pain in cases of major wounds.

How Does PLatelet-Rich Plasma Therapy Work?

Call or visit Jefferson Veterinary Hospital to learn more about these new therapies, and to see if your pet is a candidate.