At Dr. Linette Williamson MD in El Cajon, CA, we provide an array of cutting-edge therapies to address pain and inflammation. Exosome therapy is just one way of relieving pain without the need to resort to surgery or harsh drugs with unwanted side effects.
What Is Exosome Therapy?
This is the latest frontier in cellular regeneration techniques, following in the footsteps of other effective therapies like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma. This therapy can strengthen signaling between cells, decrease 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 important signaling proteins and genetic information from cell to cell.
Their primary job is to act as a link between all our cells, facilitating communication whether cells are near to each other or distant. The information they carry tells our cells to turn on or off particular 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 rush 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 just age that can create 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 lower 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 responsible for ramping up that response. We need both, however 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 affected 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 reaction. In the first stage, which happens almost instantly, the inflammatory response is turned off. In the second stage, the exosomes basically inform the cells how to regulate themselves properly in the future, leading to long-term relief.
Who Is This Treatment For?
There are several conditions that can be improved with this therapy or a combination of exosome therapy 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 a consultation, we will thoroughly explore your unique medical history, physiology, and concerns and help you select the right treatments for the best possible result.
How Does Therapy Work?
Exosomes are simply injected into the area concerned, 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 distinct needs and the treatment plan we come up with together.
The whole 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 utilizes 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 Originate from?
Exosomes are extracted from MSC or Mesenchymal stem cells. These stem cells are unique in the body because they have the power to differentiate. While all other cells divide and replicate, creating a new cell of precisely the same kind as the original, MSC cells have the ability to turn into any kind of cell at all.
How Many Treatments are Necessary?
Treatment is as distinct as every person that comes through our doors. For some individuals, just one treatment is plenty. Others may need several doses to get the results they need. Still others will simply 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 for how long you've been suffering. As we age, our bodies become slower to react to stem cell signals. But don't 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 minimum to begin seeing the actual benefits. The greatest results typically manifest around nine months after therapy.
For more information about Dr. Linette's practice and Exosomes in El Cajon, California, contact us at 760-875-2627 or visit our website at LinetteWilliamson.com and schedule your appointment today!