What Is Exosome Therapy?
This is the newest frontier in cellular regeneration techniques, following in the footsteps of other proven therapies like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma. This therapy can improve signaling between cells, reduce inflammation, cause cells to regenerate, and modify the body’s immune response when it’s not healthy.
Exosomes are small vesicles released by all the cells, but especially by stem cells. They are, essentially, little messengers carrying important signaling proteins and genetic information from cell to cell. Their primary job is to act as a connection between all our cells, facilitating communication whether cells are near to one another or distant. The information they carry tells our cells to turn on or off certain functions or to react in a certain way.
What It Has to Do With Pain
When our stem cells are communicating well with each other and doing their job, they rush to the site of injury and begin repairing tissues. As we age, they become less and less good at this process. Injuries take longer to heal and degenerative conditions overwhelm us. It’s not just age that can cause a problem. Environmental factors, genetic disorders, and chronic diseases like Lyme, autoimmune disorders, or chronic inflammation can interfere or dysregulate the signaling between cells, leaving them unable to reduce inflammation and repair tissues.
How Exosome Therapy Works
Exosomes therapy are responsible, among other things, for assisting both the T-cells and NK cells in our immune system. T-cells are responsible for calming an immune response, while NK cells are responsible for ramping up that response. We need both, but when NK cells aren’t “turned off” or T-cells aren’t “turned on,” pain and inflammation are often the result. When exosomes are delivered directly into an affected joint, they start signaling to the cells to return to healthy function. They send proteins into the walls of the cells telling the cells how to regulate themselves. There are two stages to the body’s response. In the first stage, which happens almost immediately, the inflammation response is turned off. In the second stage, the exosomes basically tell the cells how to regulate themselves correctly in the future, leading to long-term relief.
Important Questions About Exosome Therapy
Who Is This Treatment for?
There are many conditions that can be improved with this therapy or a combination of exosome treatment and other interventions. It shows particular promise in the treatment of chronic inflammation, pain from autoimmune disorders or fibromyalgia, degenerative diseases, and Lyme disease. When you visit us for a consultation, we will carefully look at your unique medical history, physiology, and concerns and help you choose the right therapies for the best possible outcome.
How Does Treatment Work?
Exosomes are simply injected into the area in question, which is often a joint. The exosomes themselves are highly concentrated: just one milliliter of the solution can have as many as 1 billion to 15 billion exosomes. The dosing depends on your unique needs and the treatment plan we come up with together. The entire thing happens in our office on an outpatient basis. There is no need to make special arrangements, and there is no long downtime period for recovery.
Is This a Safe Treatment?
Your body makes and uses exosomes all the time and knows what to do with them. No long-term negative side effects have ever been reported with this treatment.
Where Do Exosomes Come From?
Exosomes are taken from MSC or Mesenchymal stem cells. These stem cells are unique in the human body in that they have the power to differentiate. While all other cells divide and replicate, producing a new cell of precisely the same kind as the original, MSC cells are able to become any type of cell at all.
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
Treatment is as unique as every individual who comes through our doors. For some people, just one treatment is plenty. Others may need multiple doses to get the results they need. Still others will just need an occasional booster therapy.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Your results will typically depend on your age, the extent of your condition, and how long you’ve been suffering. As we age, our bodies become slower to respond to stem cell signals. But don’t be discouraged if results aren’t immediate. Since it takes the body time to repair itself, it’s normal to need three to four months at least to start seeing the real benefits. The best results often manifest around nine months after treatment.
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