This is a cytokine that may neutralize some of the breakdown molecules in degenerating joints. It is found in the circulating blood plasma. There is a centrifuge on the market that can concentrate Alpha 2 Macroglobulin (A2M) from blood, and many doctors who use it like it. As a result, we will run a trial to try it out. The first patients will receive the injection on Wednesday, July 22nd. It will be available for interested patients on a fee for service basis as A2M is not covered by Medicare or private indemnification. The medical claim is that A2M will eliminate pain and improve function in an arthritic joint. It is not new and has been around for four or five years; but evidence is accumulating that this growth factor approach will work effectively in certain populations. It is another potential alternative to surgery that we will soon offer in our office, so stay tuned.
What are Exosomes?
Exosomes are being heralded as the next frontier of cell therapy. While not being cells at all, they play a vital role in the communication and rejuvenation of all the cells in our body. Science has shown that the cell-to cell communication is important in maintaining a healthy cellular terrain.
Age, chronic disease, environmental factors and genetic disorders can interfere with how our stem cells communicate with other cells, thus disrupting the healing process. Exosomes play a key role in the regulation of these communication processes.
What Is Exosome Therapy?
Research has given us a valuable insight into the practical functionality of exosomes. By exposing the cells of an older organism to those of a younger organism we can see that exosomes from the young stem cells are responsible for rejuvenating the older cells. This healing mechanism can now be used in regenerative medicine; and, is gaining traction in orthopedic conditions such as arthritis.
A degenerative disease comes from a continuous deterioration of cells, affecting tissues or organs. While stem cells are usually responsible for the rejuvenation of the cells, external factors may hinder the stem cells in this function. They may not be able to supply all the information needed. Supporting their function with external exosomes could have a greater positive effect, by providing new pieces of information to support the healing process.
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