Exosome therapy is a revolutionary treatment method that builds on previous stem cell research to focus on the efficacy of exosomes to facilitate healing. Exosomes are the body’s cell-to-cell messengers. When your cells need to receive a message to regenerate or right themselves in some way, exosomes can help deliver that message. Ongoing medical research is revealing that these nano-sized particles have some impressively large applications for treating a variety of health conditions.
What Are Exosomes?
Exosomes are tiny extracellular vesicles — bubble-like particles — that a cell naturally releases. Contained in these vesicles are biological signaling molecules that allow exosomes to facilitate signaling between cells. Put more simply, exosomes help your cells communicate. This is especially helpful when your body needs to heal. Essentially, exosomes travel from one cell to another, telling the cell when and how to react to problems. Factors like age, genetic disorders and injuries can disrupt your cells’ communication, but adding exosomes can help cells communicate better.
What Is Exosome Therapy?
Exosome therapy is a type of regenerative medicine treatment that introduces more exosomes into the body, improving communication so damaged tissue can regenerate more efficiently. This innovative treatment method involves extracting exosomes from stem cells to harness the regenerative benefits of stem cell therapy in a more concentrated manner. Doctors can treat a person with exosomes alone or can load them with certain medications or genes.
This is a minimally invasive procedure. Medical professionals can inject exosomes directly into the location of an injury or pain. They can also administer it intravenously to help the whole body with anti-aging. Dosing varies from patient to patient based on an individual’s needs. A single treatment could include billions of exosomes.
What Conditions Can Exosome Therapy Treat?
Medical research has shown that exosomes hold great promise for treating several conditions. Some of the problems where exosome therapy is currently being applied the most include:
Autoimmune diseases: Exosomes have been shown to help modulate the immune system in the case of autoimmune disorders like Sjogren’s syndrome (SS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
Musculoskeletal injuries: When a young, healthy person is injured, they will experience pain but their body should heal itself. Older people or people with compromising health problems may not heal as easily. This is where exosome therapy can help by accelerating the healing process.
The benefits don’t stop there. Research has also suggested that exosome therapy may aid in treating a whole of host of conditions, including the following:
Since exosome therapy is noninvasive, a person does not need to meet certain health criteria to undergo this treatment. Since exosomes activate your body’s natural healing power, they can help many people experiencing pain or other problems, whether due to aging, injury or a health condition. If your cells are missing the information they need to regenerate and heal your body, then exosome therapy can likely help you. It’s best to talk with your doctor to determine whether you may be a good candidate for exosome therapy.
What do we do?
Providing a thorough diagnosis to know the cause of your pain
Using the least invasive procedure that will relieve your pain quickly
Providing effective follow-up to ensure fast recovery
Ensuring that you remain fit so that you can enjoy long-term relief from pain
This rejuvenating treatment method is gaining traction in the medical community because it comes with some valuable advantages. Exosome therapy benefits include the fact that exosomes:
Won’t replicate or transform: Because exosomes are particles emitted by cells but not cells themselves, they cannot replicate. They also can’t transform into something harmful, like malignant cells. Note that exosomes derived for exosome therapy will also never carry viruses.
Travel effectively: Exosomes are so small, they can travel more easily compared to cells. This means they can circulate throughout the body without clumping and can reach the site of injury, degeneration or other problems.
Aren’t a foreign substance: One of the beauties of exosome therapy is that it uses something your body naturally produces to trigger a natural response. This means an immunogenic response is unlikely when you undergo exosome therapy.
Activate your cell’s regenerative potential: Exosomes are your body’s natural messengers between cells. Introducing more exosomes into your body is a direct way of unlocking your body’s potential to heal itself.
Are easy to administer: Extracting exosomes from stem cells and properly storing them is an involved process, but administering exosome therapy is quite simple. This makes it easy for patients to undergo treatment and carry on with their daily lives.
What Are Potential Side Effects?
Exosome therapy is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home shortly after you receive treatment. The majority of patients won’t experience any negative side effects. However, people occasionally experience short-lived, non-serious exosome therapy side effects following their procedure, such as a headache, mild fever, nausea or vomiting. As with any procedure involving an injection, a person could experience temporary side-effects at the injection site, such as swelling or soreness. Infection is also a possible complication.
Medical research has not revealed any long-term negative side-effects from undergoing exosome therapy. Research on exosome therapy’s potential side-effects is still ongoing.
What Does Recovery Look Like?
Since the procedure is not invasive, there isn’t much to recovery for most patients, assuming there are no complications. If you want to maximize your body’s potential to heal itself following your treatment, we recommend refraining from vigorous activity for a day or two. If you work an office job, you should be able to return to work the next day. Wait a few weeks before engaging in cardio exercise or weight training that was previously a part of your routine.
Regenerative Medicine From Spine Institute of North America
Spine Institute of North America is a leading spine and pain specialist. We serve patients throughout Central New Jersey. For each patient who comes through our doors, we are committed to carefully diagnosing the cause of their pain or discomfort so we can prescribe a personalized treatment plan. In some cases, that treatment may involve exosome therapy or other types of regenerative medicine. If you want to learn more about this treatment method or the services we offer, contact us online or call us at (609) 371-9100.