At Dr. Linette Williamson MD in Carlsbad, CA, we offer an array of innovative treatments to manage pain and inflammation. Exosome therapy is just one way of alleviating pain without the need to resort to surgery or harsh medications with undesirable side effects.
What Is Exosome Therapy?
This is the latest frontier in cellular regeneration procedures, following in the footsteps of other effective therapies like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma. This treatment can boost 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 essential 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 specific functions or to react in a particular 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 site 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 cause a problem. Environmental aspects, 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 assisting both the T-cells and NK cells in our immune system. T-cells are in charge of calming an immune reaction, while NK cells are in charge of 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 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 occurs almost instantly, the inflammatory response is turned off. In the second stage, the exosomes essentially inform the cells how to regulate themselves correctly in the future, leading to long-term relief.
Who Is This Treatment For?
There are many disorders that can be improved with this therapy or a combination of exosome treatment and various 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 an appointment, we will carefully evaluate your unique medical history, physiology, and issues and help you select the appropriate therapies for the best possible outcome.
How Does Treatment Work?
Exosomes are simply injected into the area concerned, 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 strategy we developed together.
The whole 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 all the time and knows what to do with them. No long-term negative side effects have ever been reported with this therapy.
Where Do Exosomes Come From?
Exosomes are extracted from MSC or Mesenchymal stem cells. These stem cells are special in the body because they have the power to differentiate. While all other cells divide and multiply, creating 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?
Treatment is as distinct as every patient who walks through our doors. For some patients, only one treatment is plenty. Others might require several doses to get the results they need. Still others will simply need an occasional booster treatment.
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 react 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 start seeing the actual benefits. The greatest results typically manifest around nine months after treatment.
For more information about Dr. Linette's practice and Exosomes in Carlsbad, California, contact us at 760-875-2627 or visit our website at LinetteWilliamson.com and schedule your appointment today!