What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine utilises the body’s own cells to heal and regenerate damaged tissues in acute and chronic conditions including arthritis and soft tissue injuries.
Regenerative therapies include Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), Stem Cell therapy and laser therapy.
The use of regenerative medicine is becoming increasingly popular in both human and veterinary medicine for multiple disease processes. Mounting evidence and proper clinical trials have aided in the acceptance of regenerative medicine therapies.
Greenside Veterinary Practice was the first practice in the UK to use culture expanded mesenchymal stem cells to treat osteoarthritis in dogs and cats. Since the initial trials done in June 2014 we have treated hundreds of dogs and cats with stem cell therapy. We currently have treated more animals with regenerative medicine therapies than anyone else in the UK and have collected data on every patient that we have treated and therefore hold the most extensive data base of treatment responses in this country.
We have an exceptional success rate in reducing pain and debility and restoring function with our combination therapies and bespoke protocols. Greenside can fully evaluate musculoskeletal disorders and get a holistic diagnostic picture to enable a comprehensive and targeted treatment plan.
We accept referrals for regenerative therapies from all over the UK and have recently received our first case from Europe. We have extensive experience in this new technology and are actively involved in collecting data and publishing our work to promote the use of these therapies in animals.
Andy Armitage BSc BVM&S MRCVS heads up the regenerative medicine team at Greenside veterinary practice and has pioneered new treatment options for Lumbo-sacral disease and spinal osteoarthritis and has developed protocols for combination therapies to give the best chance of treatment success.
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Rubix is a 5 year old, black Labrador bitch. She initially attended the regenerative medicine department at Greenside as a second opinion when she was 3 years old.
In April of 2019, Rubix had an incident where she ran into her owner at speed. Following this, she had a right hind limb lameness. After visiting a primary care vet and a specialist vet, she was given a differential diagnosis of a soft tissue injury and prescribed rest and rehab. Over the next 10 months, Rubix exhibited stiffness after exercise and was restricted to 20 minutes on lead twice daily. She also started to exhibit some behavioural changes with anxiety and hiding.