If you’ve been suffering from chronic pain, reduced mobility, or have an injury that hasn’t healed on its own, Exosome therapy might be the right treatment for you. As a regenerative treatment that we offer here at Right Path Pain and Spine Centers in Davenport, FL, this therapy is safe and versatile in treating a wide range of issues to restore function, eliminate pain, and improve quality of life.
What Is Exosome Therapy Used For?
This Exosome Therapy can be beneficial in treating many different types of conditions, such as musculoskeletal injuries, osteoarthritis, skin conditions, chronic joint pain, and many age-related complications. Because it works by improving communication between cells, it can stimulate the immune system while encouraging it to heal and repair chronic conditions that may not be responding to more conventional treatments.
In addition to reducing both inflammation and pain, whether they’re caused by physical injuries, degenerative conditions, or the aging process, it can also be used to improve mobility if you’re having trouble moving or getting around due to muscle or joint issues.
What Are Exosomes?
When injuries occur, the cells in your body communicate with each other in a coordinated effort to repair damaged tissue. Some cells will send out messages to others to let them know that they need to help with the healing process or perform other functions. Exosomes are these messages, or vesicles, that are sent out, and you can think of them as small packets of information that are shared between different types of cells.
These vesicles also play a role in moving different types of molecules around the body, including proteins and DNA. All of this can affect how quickly a person recovers from an injury and whether it becomes a chronic and long-lasting one or not. Old age, a compromised immune system, and other factors can affect how efficiently these vesicles move about within the body, which is why this therapy is sometimes necessary to improve immune function.
Where Do Exosomes Come From?
Exosomes can be found virtually everywhere throughout the body wherever cells can be found, though they circulate throughout the body by using bodily fluids. They use blood, saliva, breast milk, urine, and other fluids as a means of transport, which is how cells in one area of the body can transmit messages to other cells in more distant areas.
With this therapy, these vesicles are harvested from mesenchymal stem cells found in the human body and are donated as a concentrated solution. Mesenchymal stem cells, which are a type of adult stem cells, are capable of dividing and regenerating themselves into virtually every other type of cell in the body. The exosomes harvested from these stem cells are therefore extremely versatile and can act as massage carriers between just about every type of cell.
What Happens During Treatment?
When you arrive for your appointment, there will be a brief consultation first where we’ll ask about your reasons for wanting treatment, so that we can ensure that this is the right approach for you. We’ll want to know about any conditions you currently have, any medications you’re taking, and your medical history.
The treatment session itself shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes to an hour, though this may vary depending on your condition. We’ll apply a topical anesthetic to the injection site first, followed by an injection of concentrated exosomes. Billions of these vesicles can be administered through needle injection or IV, and the process itself is normally painless. In most cases, the injection will be made directly into a joint, muscle, or wherever your issue is for optimal effectiveness.
Is There Any Downtime?
After your treatment, there’s no downtime and you’ll be able to return to work or your regular activities immediately. If you’ve had a long-standing injury, this therapy can initiate an inflammatory response in the first week after treatment, which means that your immune system is working to heal the injured area and the therapy is doing what it’s intended to do. Therefore, you should not take any anti-inflammatory medications for the first week that might interfere with this process.
You should also avoid any strenuous workouts for this same reason, though returning to cardio exercises after a few weeks is recommended, and you can return to full workouts after four weeks. Depending on your injury, physical therapy may also be recommended during the first few months after treatment, as this can accelerate the healing process and improve mobility for some conditions.
How Soon Will I See Results?
While you may see some improvements rather quickly, it usually takes many months to see the full effects of this therapy. This is because the immune system needs time to respond after it’s been stimulated, at which point it normally jumps into action to address chronic issues as it begins to re-focus its resources on them.
Many patients report improvements within the first few weeks, though the vast majority begin to notice changes happening after about 2 to 3 months. In some cases, it may take up to nine months to see optimal results, so you should live a healthy lifestyle during this time frame to prevent anything from affecting your body’s ability to heal itself.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
How often you’ll need to return for more treatments depends on many different factors, such as your age, the severity of your condition, and what type of condition we’re treating. Because the aging process can cause cellular damage, and we never stop aging, those who are older may need to return for additional treatments from time to time.
Others, especially those who are younger or who have milder conditions, may only need a single treatment. This therapy can often stimulate the immune system in such a way that it remains stimulated, even many years after treatment. It can completely resolve some conditions, while others may be degenerative and will require regular maintenance treatments.
What Are the Benefits of This Therapy?
Chronic pain is often the result of either inflammation or maladaptive functioning in the body, which occurs when cells send incorrect information to each other after an injury has happened. This treatment can directly reduce or eliminate chronic pain by changing how these cells communicate with each other to encourage tissue repair and regeneration.
Inflammation in the body can be caused by many different things, though when it’s chronic, it’s often because the immune system is overactive or has not repaired an injury properly. The vesicles provided by this therapy provide information that tells the immune system how to respond to an injury and how to fix damaged tissue, which can reduce or eliminate inflammation.
Tissue death can occur for many reasons, though the aging process is one of the more common ones. This treatment can completely reverse tissue death by not only slowing down the process that leads to it but by also regenerating new tissue by recruiting and manipulating cells into growing it.
The immune system can receive a major boost from this therapy for many reasons. Nutrients that your immune system needs to function properly can be more easily distributed throughout the body, which can stimulate a stronger immune response. Also, your cells can receive the information they need to correctly repair and regenerate themselves, which can lead to a stronger immune system that can more easily repair injuries when they occur.
Your body’s ability to efficiently metabolize and utilize proteins and other nutrients is vital for your health and helps to accelerate the healing process. Because exosomes play an important role in moving nutrients around the body, this therapy can improve metabolic function, which can lead to faster healing of chronic conditions.
Although many of our patients use this therapy to reduce pain or heal chronic injuries, one added benefit is that it can also improve cognitive function. With old age, cellular death can lead to a decline in brain function, and because this treatment can repair all types of cells, you may notice improvements in mental performance as well.
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Exosome therapy is one of the most effective and safest regenerative treatments available today, and it’s helped millions of people regain their lives back by reducing pain and improving both mobility and function. To see if this treatment is right for you, contact us today at Right Path Pain and Spine Centers in Davenport, FL. We look forward to helping you on your path toward symptom-free living again.