At Dr. Linette Williamson MD in La Mesa, CA, we offer an array of innovative therapies to treat 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 techniques, following in the footsteps of various other effective therapies like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma. This treatment can boost 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 especially 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 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 rush to the area of injury and begin repairing tissues. As we age, they become less and less efficient at this process. Injuries take longer to heal and degenerative conditions overwhelm us.
It's not only age that can create 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 lower 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, 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 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 basically inform the cells how to regulate themselves correctly in the future, resulting in long-term relief.
Who Is This Treatment For?
There are several disorders that can be improved with this treatment or a combination of exosome therapy 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 an appointment, 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 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 unique needs and the treatment plan we developed together.
The whole thing happens in our office on an outpatient basis. There is no need to make special plans, 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 extracted from MSC or Mesenchymal stem cells. These stem cells are special 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 have the ability to turn into any kind of cell at all.
How Many Treatments are Necessary?
Therapy is as distinct as every patient who walks through our doors. For some patients, just one treatment is plenty. Others may require 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 respond to stem cell signals. But do not be discouraged if results aren't instant.
Since 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 best results usually manifest around nine months after therapy.
For more information about Dr. Linette's practice and Exosomes in La Mesa, California, contact us at 760-875-2627 or visit our website at LinetteWilliamson.com and schedule your appointment today!