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Joint Therapies in horses with IRAP

 IRAPw1Degenerative joint disease is a major cause of poor performance and reduced life expectancy in competitive sport horse. Horse vets see that both young horses as adults can be affected causing a loss of athletic ability and his early removal.

The joint disease / osteoarthritis is characterized by inflammation of the joint with the corresponding production of a large amount of inflammatory enzymes. Often, the process is characterized by inflammation of the synovial membrane, followed by the progressive destruction of articular cartilage. The development of this disease often goes unnoticed due to the occurrence of lameness may be mild.


The IRAP is an effective intra-articular treatment designed to stimulate own white blood cells produce horse and anti-inflammatory mediators and enzymes that can reduce inflammation due to degenerative joint disease.

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The joint therapies procedure is as follows:

First blood from the jugular vein were collected and incubated for 24 hours in special syringes containing specific inducing spherical glass white blood cells in order to produce and secrete therapeutic proteins. After 24 hours the blood is centrifuged separating the serum from the red cells. The whey protein-rich, or in divided doses of 3 ml and frozen for use at a later date. Usually each collection obtained between 6 and 8 doses. Importantly injections are only suitable for the treatment of horse blood was collected. Injections of this joint therapies can be stored up to 12 months from the date of collection.

irap14_216215730_std.311212239_std1The joint therapies consists of three joint injections at intervals of 7 days. The most positive effects are seen after the second and the third treatment. If after a period of time becomes claudication, the remaining samples can be thawed and frozen repeat injections.

IRAP is different from other products because it is the cause of joint disease and its action is directed to the restoration of the lining of the joint and cartilage function. In our experience as horse vets we have witnessed the resolution of lameness, an overall improvement in the range of joint motion and decreased joint effusion in treated horses.

In general, the IRAP is a tool that we have for the treatment of degenerative joint diseases.

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