March 16, 2023
We’ve talked about regenerative medicine before, but there’s a whole new world when it comes to exosomes. These little sacs send messages to other cells in the body to do a whole range of impressive feats. So keep reading to learn what exosomes are and how they can improve your health.
Exosomes are tiny particles that are released naturally from cells. These particles act as messengers between cells, creating communication pathways. The exosomes carry genetic information and proteins that give recipient cells the ability to turn on or off specific functions or react in a certain way. These vesicles can carry messages to nearby and distant cells in your body.
Since you now know what exosomes are, you may be wondering where they exactly are in the body. Exosomes are located all throughout your body. The places where they are typically found include:
Exosomes are released by all cells in the body, but especially by stem cells. These types of cells are responsible for repairing tissues at an injury site. As humans get older, stem cells become less efficient at communicating with other cells and carrying out their job, and there is a reduction in the turnover of cells. This results in longer healing times and degenerative conditions taking over the body.
But age isn’t the only factor that disrupts communication between cells in this way. Other communication inhibitors include the environment, genetic disorders, chronic disease, and chronic inflammation. Since exosomes are responsible for creating communication pathways between cells, using exosome therapy can help prevent the interference of signals between cells.
So what is exosome therapy? This cellular regeneration technique takes Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) from donors or your own body and uses the exosomes from these cells to create a solution that is injected into the area of your body that needs assistance. With the current applications of exosome therapies, this target area is often a joint, but there are a variety of possibilities and target areas. Once the solution is injected in the body, your body starts the self-healing process by responding to the messages created by the infusion of exosomes.
If you’re older or diagnosed with certain chronic diseases, you may benefit from exosome therapy. Here are some of the conditions this type of therapy could help with:
Since you know what exosomes are and how the therapy works, you may be wondering what Medical Transformation Center offers. Dr. Carl Paige, our resident regenerative medicine expert, has recently studied stem cell and exosome therapy in order to bring these types of approaches to our patients.
At MTC, we use this type of treatment with other regenerative joint therapies to help improve joint health and maintenance. It can also help with other soft tissue injuries or degeneration. Dr. Paige and our team are uniquely qualified to provide ultrasound analysis and treatments for joint therapies and joint health maintenance, as well as other exosome therapy applications.
After learning what exosomes are and how they can benefit your health, you’re probably interested in the therapies we mentioned. To discuss your health and the possibility of incorporating exosome therapy into your regimen, contact us to set up an appointment!