This new study was conducted by veterinarians from Cornell University on horses. It is quite evident that tendon injuries are a real problem for athletics as well as athletic horses. These type of injuries take longer time to heal and also boost the chances of future injuries.
The study evaluate the effect of mesenchymal stem cells, that was harvested from bone marrow is capable of transforming to tendon cells on tendon healing.
Researchers injected mesenchymal stem cells in horses with superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injury. This stem cells were derived from the own bone marrow of those horses.
The ultrasound examinations of the tendons at 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks and mechanical, biochemical, and microscopic evaluation of the tendons 8 weeks after treatment was conducted by researchers.
According to lead researcher Alan J. Nixon, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVS, the biochemical composition of the treated and untreated tendons were similar 8 weeks after treatment.
However, tendons injected with the stem cells had significantly improved histology scores, indicating a more normal microscopic appearance in treated tendons than untreated tendons,
These results suggest that injecting mesenchymal stem cell directly into the damaged area of the SDFT is beneficial.
The study is scheduled to be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.
Source: The Horse.com