Lameness is a common problem that affects horses of all disciplines. Lameness examinations can be performed on farm or in the controlled environment of our hospital with our professional staff to assist. Our doctors can utilize diagnostic nerve and joint blocks during your horses exam, as well as imaging such as digital radiography and ultrasonography in order to diagnose your horses problem. We have multiple cutting edge therapies available as well as traditional therapies that can aid in healing and decreasing inflammation, so your horse can get back to his job quickly.
Dr. Matt Randolph
Hospital and Barn
13752 Osborne Rd
Wakarusa, IN 46573
13507 Shively Rd
Bremen, IN 46506
“When a joint is inflamed, it creates an unhealthy environment for healing. The natural response for inflammation is Mother Nature’s way to tell us to rest: If it hurts, don’t use it. Let it rest. The negative side, however, is that the inflammatory process can create a less-than-optimal chemical mix in joint fluid. Researchers developed interleukin receptor antagonist protein (IRAP) therapy as an answer to this problem. Basically, IRAP is an incubated “soup” that’s produced from the horses’ own blood that has been collected and incubated
overnight with chromium-coated glass beads, then put in a centrifuge and filtered. The collected serum is then injected into the affected joint (or tendon sheath). This “soup” then locks up inflammatory receptors, creating a more normal, healthy joint fluid environment.” (“Nonsurgical Joint Therapies” by Richard Markell, DVM; published in The Horse; Jan. 2010)
What makes IRAP different than steroids?
• The “too much of a good thing” reputation that comes with steroid joint injections is eliminated—IRAP is an all natural product that’s less likely to cause joint “flair ups”, can be used more frequently, and at larger amounts.
• IRAP is ready to inject about 24 hours after the blood sample is drawn. Many doses (avg. 8-12) are made from a single syringe of blood. What isn’t used immediately can be frozen and is good for up to one year.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a technology that involves collecting blood from your horse and processing it into a product called Platelet Rich Plasma. The most common use for PRP is injection of the product into damaged soft tissue structures such as tendons and ligaments. PRP contains many growth factors that can aid in promotion of healing. PRP is thought to speed healing as well as improve the quality of healing. Soft tissue injuries can take an extremely long time to heal; utilizing products like PRP can help expedite healing.