Exosome Therapy in Carlsbad
At Dr. Linette Williamson MD in Carlsbad, CA, we offer an array of cutting-edge treatments to treat pain and inflammation. Exosome therapy is just one way of relieving pain without the need to resort to surgery or harsh drugs with undesirable side effects.
What Is Exosome Therapy?
This is the newest frontier in cellular regeneration procedures, following in the footsteps of various other proven therapies like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma. This therapy can strengthen signaling between cells, lower 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 particularly by stem cells. They are, basically, little messengers carrying essential signaling proteins and genetic information from cell to cell.
Their main job is to act as a link 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 hurry to the area of injury and start 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 only age that can create a problem. Environmental factors, genetic disorders, and chronic conditions 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
Exosome therapy is responsible, among other things, for helping both the T-cells and NK cells in our immune system. T-cells are responsible for calming an immune reaction, while NK cells are responsible for ramping up that response. We require both, but when NK cells aren't "turned off" or T-cells aren't "turned on," pain and inflammation are usually the result.
When exosomes are delivered directly into an impacted joint, they start signaling to the cells to return to healthy function. They deliver 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 inflammatory response is turned off. In the second stage, the exosomes essentially inform the cells how to regulate themselves correctly in the future, resulting in long-lasting relief.
Who Is This Treatment for?
There are many conditions that can be improved with this therapy or a combo of exosome therapy and various other treatments. 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 an appointment, we will carefully evaluate your unique medical history, physiology, and concerns and help you choose the right therapies for the best possible outcome.
How Does Therapy Work?
Exosomes are simply injected into the area in question, which is commonly 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 distinct needs and the treatment plan we developed together.
The entire thing occurs 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 Therapy?
Your body makes and utilizes exosomes regularly and understands what to do with them. No long-term negative side effects have ever been reported with this treatment.
Where Do Exosomes Originate from?
Exosomes are taken from MSC or Mesenchymal stem cells. These stem cells are unique in the body in that they have the power to differentiate. While all other cells divide and replicate, producing a new cell of exactly the same kind as the original, MSC cells are able to turn into any type of cell at all.
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
Therapy is as distinct as every person that walks through our doors. For some patients, only one treatment is enough. Others might require several doses to get the results they need. Still others will just need an occasional booster treatment.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Your results will usually 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 do not be discouraged if results aren't instant.
Because it takes the body time to repair itself, it's normal to need three to four months at least to begin seeing the real benefits. The greatest results typically manifest around nine months after therapy.
Linette Williamson, MD is an Integrative Medical Doctor, who specializes in helping her patients and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Carlsbad, California
Identify lifestyle factors that affect their everyday medical issues. Dr. Williamson uses cutting-edge testing to find imbalances that are related to your health problems. She will spend time with you to find out what specific issues you have and help you develop a specific plan that is unique to you.