● Back pain patient saved from traditional therapies with Prolotherapy
Here at Caring Medical Dr. Hauser sees lot of people who we wish would have come in before they entered the traditional “pain management system” soon after they received a painful injury, and began a journey that led them nowhere. One of our nurse’s spouses was fortunate to have heard about Prolotherapy and was able to be treated with regenerative injection therapy (Prolotherapy) soon after she sprained her back at work.
● Prolotherapy an alternative non surgical treatment option for herniated discsDisc herniation occurs when the small, flat discs (composed of a tough, outer shell surrounding a jellylike material) that cushion the spine bulge or break open. When healthy, these discs act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. When damaged by injury, wear-and-tear or disease, they herniate. Herniated discs can occur anywhere on the spine, but are most common in the lower back and the neck.
● Prolotherapy Research: Prolotherapy is an effective alternative to surgeryIn this study, Prolotherapy caused a statistically significant improvement in pain and stiffness levels in 34 patients who were told by their medical doctor/surgeon that surgery was needed, including 20 who were told they needed joint replacemnents and nine arthroscopic procedures. Instead, they were treated with Prolotherapy, an injection technique that stimulates the body to repair the injured area using the Hackett-Hemwall technique of Prolotherapy.
● Cortisone or Prolotherapy?
Long ago I realized that in almost every published Prolotherapy study where significant pain improvement was achieved in patients, the results was obtained using either traditional Hackett-Hemwall Prolotherapy and/or dextrose Prolotherapy. To verify this, all one needs to do is examine all of the human Prolotherapy studies performed. It will become clear that the most effective scientifically proven method (at least to this point) is Hackett-Hemwall dextrose Prolotherapy. Certainly the prolotherapy research we have published confirm that! Click here to read any or all of those studies on our research website http://www.prolotherapy.org.
● Prolotherapy and Lumbar Spinal Fusion Common sense would tell anyone that when you fuse two or three spinal segments together, that spinal movement has to come from somewhere. Where? The spinal segments above it and below it will have to move “excessively” because of the spinal fusion. Ultimately, this extra movement and strain will cause accelerated degeneration of the disc, ligaments, and joints of these segments, thus making the person more prone to pain in these areas. This is most likely the explanation for the increased pain a few years down the road and the “need” for more operations later. Is there a better way?
● Exercise induced low back painHilary, a 51-year old woman who had a long history of yoga practice. She was fit, lean and believed that yoga had helped her get that way. Unfortunately, her low back had been in pain for over a year after she injured it in a yoga position. As a result she had decreased her strength and cardio workouts and lost muscle mass. She went from working out everyday to working out twice a week with back pain after both workouts. Her low back pain included sciatica and episodes of her back going out. She continued yoga and even used a special headstand to self-adjust her spine. She had also tried massage therapy and trigger point therapy. She had short term relief after acupuncture and she had it done every week. As the weeks started to add up she was ready for a permanent solution to her back pain. When she heard of Prolotherapy she decided to give it a try.
Patient uses Prolotherapy for 5 body parts over 5 years
AJ is a 57 year old active woman who is a school teacher, loves to walk her dogs, and spend time with her family. She is no stranger to Prolotherapy. In the past four years Prolotherapy has provided chronic pain relief in her shoulder, hand, knee, buttock, and, most recently, her foot. When she first came to see us in 2007 she was having severe shoulder pain. Her doctor had recommended surgery but she was skeptical and went in search of another option. She discovered Caring Medical and Prolotherapy and decided to try this alternative before undergoing surgery.
AJ’s introduction to Prolotherapy: Her course of treatment with Dr. Hauser involved 10 Prolotherapy injections strengthened with human growth hormone (HGH). She received three treatments to her shoulder and was healed of all pain. AJ regained complete range of motion and avoided a costly surgery.
Shoulder surgery avoided!
AJ also wanted to feel her best so at that time she also did hormone testing and Diet Typing. She found out that her progesterone and testosterone levels were low and that her blood was acidic. She started on natural hormone replacement therapy, as well as the Hauser Otter Diet (higher protein, lower carb diet) and found great improvement in her overall energy as well.
Time for more Prolotherapy! Over the next few years she paid attention to her body and acted quickly when pain would arise. Whether it was an overuse injury in her hand or an acute knee injury from a fall while walking her dog, AJ immediately came to Caring Medical for relief. In fact, she only needed one treatment to heal her pain in her hand, knee, buttock, and foot.
Foot Pain treated with Prolotherapy
Injury strikes again: Her most recent pain was on the top part of her foot. It was sporadic pain for a few weeks and then turned constant. She came to Caring Medical right when the pain became constant and received 20 Prolotherapy injections to her foot. She also picked up the recommended supplements and began using toe stretchers at home. Again, one treatment was all she needed.
Prolotherapy for any type of joint pain: AJ told us that she is Prolotherapy’s biggest fan. She doesn’t mess around with chronic pain; she goes straight for the treatment that will bring quick and effective healing. AJ knows that chronic pain is nothing to play around with and that Prolotherapy is an excellent alternative to traditional treatments.
Ross A. Hauser, M.D.
Dr. Hauser the Medical Director of the comprehensive Prolotherapy, PRP, and Bone Marrow Prolotherapy clinic, Caring Medical & Rehabilitation Services in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Hauser is one of the leading experts in the treatment of chronic pain and sports injuries with Prolotherapy.
● Loose bodies on Arthroscopy Loose bodies are fragments of bone, cartilage, or collagen that are located in the joint cavities. The most common location is the knee. Sometimes these loose bodies, truly are loose, they move freely within the joint and can be entrapped between the articular surfaces of say the knee bones (like the femur and tibia). This can cause symptoms such as intermittent joint locking, limitation of motion, pain and sometimes swelling. There are other types of loose bodies that are not so loose. The fragments attach into a bursa (a fluid filled sac that prevents friction between bone and soft tissue structure such as a tendon) or stabilize onto some structure such as the synovium. Most loose bodies do not produce symptoms and are found incidentally on X-ray.
● My MRI is Terrible Does Caring Medical order MRIs? Almost never. In my opinion, most MRI findings have nothing to do with why the person has pain and is thus the reason for most ‘failed surgery syndromes.’ Almost all people even after surgery are not pain free. Surgery for pain in the best case scenario should be done only after all of the conservative treatments have been tried and failed. This includes Prolotherapy! Degenerated joints, including degenerated or herniated discs, signify ligament laxity. Ligament laxity or vertebral instabilities are the reason that discs become degenerated. A herniated disc by definition means the nucleus pulposis (gelatin part of the disc) has herniated through the annulus fibrosis, which is ligamentous tissue. Caring Medical has helped many people with acute and chronic disc herniations and degenerated discs resolve their pain and disability without surgery. For a person in relatively good shape and immune function (good healing ability) the likelihood of success is even higher. Prolotherapy by stimulating the ligaments to heal, helps the vertebral segment become stabilized and thus eliminates the reason for the degenerated disc.
● Prolotherapy for the Achilles Tendon 5 treatments – 5 months Mark was an avid runner and softball player who was struggling with painful Achilles tendonitis. The pain was present for over a year and after no relief from cortisone shots or electrical stimulation.
Back Pain Links
● Degenerative Disc Disease Articles
● Low back pain
● Low Back Pain and Prolotherapy
● Low and mid back pain
● Low back and sitz bone
● Ankylosing Spondylitis
● BACK PAIN-WHAT’S THE DIAGNOSIS?
● Loose Ligaments and Back Pain
● Prolotherapy-Back Surgery-Spinal Fusion
● Compression Fracture
● Facet Syndrome
● Sacroiliac Pain
● Tarlov Cysts
● The problem with getting properly diagnosed: SI strain
● Prolotherapy Spondylolisthesis
● SPINAL DISC PROBLEMS
● Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis
● Scoliosis and Prolotherapy
● Spinal Stenosis and Prolotherapy
● Spinal Cord Stimulators
● Spinal Stenosis and Prolotherapy
● MRIs, Herniated Discs, Prolotherapy
● Radiofrequency denervation
● Women, Back Pain and Hormones
● Sacroiliac Blog
● BACK PAIN BLOG
For the Athlete
● Ross Hauser, MD on Shoulder Injuries in swimmers in USMS
● Rugby knee injury in high school athlete
● Post fracture pain treated with Prolotherapy
● Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Prolotherapy for Athletes
● The shoes you wear can affect knees and joints in arthritic patients
Ross A. Hauser, M.D.
Dr. Hauser is the Medical Director and co-founder of the Chicago area based chronic pain clinic Caring Medical & Rehabilitation Services in Oak Park, Illinois. CMRS is nationally recognized as a leading center specializing in Prolotherapy and PRP Prolotherapy (Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy),
Dr. Hauser is one of the leading experts in the treatment of chronic pain and sports injuries with Prolotherapy and PRP Prolotherapy. He, along with his wife Marion, have many books and Prolotherapy research papers on the topic of Prolotherapy.
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