Do you experience joint pain on a daily basis? Are the aches and pains of everyday life slowing you down? While there are many options to treat these concerns, it can be difficult to find relief and true healing. At Advanced Regenerative Therapy in Savannah, GA, we’re proud to offer restorative therapy using exosomes, the signaling vehicles of stem cells that can stimulate regeneration and alleviate symptoms of chronic inflammation, degenerative joint diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, nerve damage, and more.
What Are Exosomes?
You’ve probably heard of stem cell therapy, which is designed to promote healing by using the body’s natural processes. Exosome therapy, while closely related, focuses on one component of this process. Exosomes, sometimes called the messengers of the stem cells, are released by stem cells once they reach an area of the body in need of repair.
They carry microRNA, messenger RNA, and a variety of signaling proteins that send healing signals to the surrounding cells and begin the process of regeneration. Stem cells intended for therapy are normally collected from the umbilical cord after the birth of a baby. They are expensive to harvest and store, and there are several common issues that can arise during therapy which makes treatment with them less effective.
By isolating and using exosome proteins by themselves, therapy becomes more targeted and successful as cells in the target area are stimulated and the healing process is begun after the delivery of exosomes.
What’s the Difference Between Exosome Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy?
Our body’s stem cells, which live in our bone marrow, are designed to target and repair damaged or deteriorating cells throughout the body. It’s common to see the process of stem cell repair interrupted in cases of age, chronic illnesses, and genetic disorders. Traditionally, stem cell therapy aimed to supplement the body’s natural process by injecting stem cells, which are ideally carried through the bloodstream to the affected organs, tissues, or joints.
However, doctors have observed several complications that can make stem cell therapy less impactful. Using exosome therapy instead can come with a number of benefits. Exosome proteins, which can be extracted and stored much more easily than stem cells, are significantly smaller and are not likely to clump when injected intravenously.
While stem cells arrive at the lungs first and often remain there to repair mild inflammation or irritation instead of continuing to the target area, exosomes are small enough to pass through the lungs and continue onward, even crossing the blood-brain barrier. The immune system will often target injected stem cells, which is normally not the case with exosome therapy. For most patients, this therapy offers the quickest route to healing.
Which Conditions Can Be Treated?
Stem cell therapy is often used to address chronic and degenerative conditions. However, harnessing the power of exosome therapy, which delivers the healing signals directly to the affected areas, is able to more accurately and quickly relieve side effects of illness and injury. Some of the most common areas treated are the joints, which can be affected by aging, chronic inflammation, and musculoskeletal disorders.
In addition, diseases such as Lyme Disease, which often include arthritis and painful swelling in the joints, can be significantly improved through this therapy. There has been success in treating some autoimmune diseases, damage to ligaments, cartilage, and tendons, and even nerve damage with exosome therapy.
Finally, many patients receive therapy to maintain an overall healthy body and reduce the normal side effects of aging. Our skilled staff helps every patient determine whether this treatment is right for their unique situation.
What Should I Expect?
If you’re considering exosome therapy, you can rest assured that our staff is ready to walk with you every step of the way. Here’s a general idea of what to expect when you pursue treatment.
Before treatment, one of our doctors will meet with you to determine your candidacy for therapy. This involves an examination of any affected areas and a review of your medical history. You’ll be able to ask your doctor any questions you may have about this treatment and anticipated results.
During your therapy appointment, your doctor will prepare either your arm or your back for injection. Exosomes are often delivered intravenously, but they can also be injected directly into your spinal fluid for a more concentrated approach. Your doctor will ensure that you are comfortable during injection, and most appointments take less than half an hour. You will be able to return to your normal activities after treatment with no downtime required.
Most patients experience no side effects from treatment. You may notice mild tenderness in the injection site for 1-2 days, which is normal. After 3-4 weeks, you should begin to notice some improvement in pain, swelling, and mobility in joints and other target areas.
Many patients report significant improvement after 2-4 months of therapy, and there are some cases of near-total healing thanks to this incredible treatment. Your doctor will help you determine a personalized treatment plan to address your specific concerns, promote optimal healing, and maintain ideal results.
Contact Us to Learn More!
While you may not have heard of exosome therapy before, we can guarantee that this revolutionary treatment offers a new way to manage and heal joint pain along with other conditions that may be distracting you from the important things in life. Contact the experts at Advanced Regenerative Therapy in Savannah, GA to set up an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you!