Most of us have experienced back pain at one time or another, and it usually improves after a few days to a few weeks with rest, anti-inflammatories, chiropractic and other therapies. Unfortunately, in about 20% of cases back pain becomes chronic, and it can make life miserable.
That is why I want to share Steve Martinez’s story. Steve is a 38-year-old physician assistant at Restore Wellness in McAllen who had a remarkable recovery from excruciating low back pain. The treatment Steve used is exosome therapy—a cutting-edge regenerative medicine treatment that activates tissue repair and helps reduce pain and restore normal function.
Steve Martinez: “I’ve Got My Life Back”
“I’m a veteran of the United States Air Force, and in 2005, I was in a training exercise, running in formation down a hill with a 50-pound pack on my back. It was 4:00–5:00 in the morning and pitch black outside, and I stepped in a hole, fell and my lower back rotated 180 degrees. It was like bubble wrap: pop, pop, pop… three ruptures in my lumbar spine.
“Since that time, I’ve experienced a lot of pain. Exercises, stretching, core work, chiropractic, yoga and things like that never took all the pain away, but I was getting by until 2016, when I couldn’t deal with it anymore. So I had a microdiscectomy, a surgery where they take out a piece of the discs that were impinging on my spinal column. I wasn’t 100%, but I was able to get back to my normal daily functions.
“Then in November of 2019, I re-ruptured the discs. This was pain I’d never experienced before. I had a hard time sleeping, walking, sitting, showering and dressing. I couldn’t even play with my four-year old boy. It just crushed me. No pain medication was touching it, nothing was helping. I figured the only option was another surgery.
The Road Back From Crushing Pain
“Then I learned about exosomes. I reached out to Hotze Health & Wellness Center, made an appointment, and underwent exosome treatment with injections in the L4-L5 lumbar vertebrae plus intravenous exosomes.
“The first 10–14 days, I didn’t really feel much of a change. Then slowly and progressively things started coming back. It was easier to bend over to tie my shoes, shower and dress myself. These things had been taken away from me, so these little victories were really encouraging.
“After month one, I was able to walk without pain. On month two, I could get a full night’s sleep without waking up in severe pain. I started going for longer walks and doing light exercises with no residual pain. Month three is when the magic was really made because that’s when I was able to play with my little boy. I was also able to do chores and take it up a notch with my training exercises.
“A Complete Life Changer”
“Like I said, it’s been a journey. I’m still not exactly where I want to be. But from where I was on day one walking into your clinic, Dr. Hotze, to where I am now, it has been a complete life changer. I literally feel like I’ve got my life back. I’m able to be a dad and husband again. I’m able to think clearly and be a better clinician.
“So many people out there are searching for real answers for back pain rather than just covering up symptoms. Exosome therapy could be the answer to your prayers.”
What Are Exosomes?
Exosomes are bioactive molecules produced by stem cells that stimulate the natural healing process. Given intravenously or injected directly into painful areas such as the back, knees or other joints, exosomes are readily taken up by your cells. By decreasing inflammation, modulating the immune system and enhancing the activity of the mitochondria (the cellular power plants that generate energy), exosomes are truly a catalyst for total-body regeneration.
Broad Benefits of Exosomes
Conditions that the regenerative properties of exosomes have benefited include:
- Back and neck pain
- COPD and other lung diseases
- Immune dysfunction
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Traumatic brain injury
- Age-related degeneration
To learn more about exosome therapy or to schedule a Free Wellness Consultation—via telemedicine or at the Hotze Health & Wellness Center—call us at 281-698-8698 or visit hotzehwc.com.