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Caring Medical is one of the world’s most experienced Prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell clinics, specializing in difficult cases that have not responded to traditional conservative treatments or surgery.
How many rotator cuff surgeries can your arm stand?
Research has found that rotator cuff re-tears still represent the most common complication after rotator cuff repair.
The problem of re-tear and tears are affected by many factors, but, predominantly, recurrent defects due to non-healing of the rotator cuff tendons have to be distinguished from true re-ruptures, which occur after primary successful surgery.
Please read Before you get Rotator Cuff Tear Surgery or are sent to revision surgeries. You can also read about the stem cell therapy option.
Understanding Tommy John Surgery – Why are baseball people questioning the usefulness of this surgery?
July 2016: It is now past the mid-point of the current baseball season and those pitchers who have had Tommy John Surgery has revealed this surgery may not be as successful as hoped:
Some baseball people have begun to question whether the surgery is actually bad for pitchers.
In fact, many in the medical community are saying those who had great success with Tommy John Surgery may owe their “coming back stronger,” “more velocity,” simply to the rehabilitation process, these pitchers were forced to take a year or two off, it gave their arms time to heal.
Please read some of the stunning statistics and realities of the Tommy John Surgery.
Pubic symphysis in Male Athletes
Chronic groin pain that does not get better with treatments can be an undiagnosed injury to the pubic symphysis joint.
Pubic symphysis injuries may occur whenever the legs are stretched far apart as in extending for possession or striking on the soccer pitch, swimming the butterfly stroke, maintaining balance and staying upright in football and hockey.
An injury to the pubic symphysis can cause severe groin pain. Learn more about the diagnosis of pubic symphysis diathesis or laxity.
Back, Hip and Knee osteoarthritis in aging athletes
For the aging athlete, the standard treatments for osteoarthritis involve symptom management such as NSAIDS, cortisone shots and even surgery to provide pain relief.
The most common surgery is arthroscopy which in numerous medical studies was found to be no more effective than placebo in regard to knee arthritis.
Research: Progression of Osteoarthritis Starts with Ligament Injury
In a landmark article published in the medical journal Gerontology researchers found that osteoarthritis starts with ligament damage.
Plantar fasciitis | Plantar Fasciopathy
Plantar fasciitis is more of a misnomer, since “itis” means inflammation, and most patients who have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis actually have a weakened, degenerated plantar fascia.
True inflamed tissue is hot to the touch, red, and swollen. Thus, the anti-inflammatory treatments do not promote repair and healing of the fascia because most cases of this type of foot pain are not truly inflammatory. In our article on Plantar fasciitis we look Cortisone, Shockwave, PRP, and Prolotherapy treatments and our experience in getting the athlete back on their feet.
Chronic hamstring problems
For someone with a chronic hamstring problem, telling them that hamstring muscle syndrome or a “pulled hamstring” can be difficult to treat would come as no surprise.
The typical difficult to treat hamstring patient may have already been given several traditional conservative treatments, including physiotherapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which are both considered inconsistent treatments.
Regenokine | Orthokine | autologous conditioned serum injections –The “Kobe Procedure”
Many patients have heard of Orthokine, or the “Kobe Procedure,” or why Peyton Manning traveled to Germany
for his neck problems.
This treatment relies on understanding the role of inflammation in healing, inflammation in the role of joint destruction and Regenokine, Orthokine, and autologous conditioned serum injections. Treatments that target the interleukin-1 (IL-1) family immune response to inflammation.
Caring Medical caters to sports-related injuries
We know athletes! Wouldn’t you want to be treated by practitioners who are also active and athletic themselves? Our Medical Director, Dr. Ross Hauser, has completed five ironman triathlons, loves to run, swim, cycle, play tennis, snow shoe, hike, and be active in all sorts of sports. It was a sports injury that actually allowed him to accomplish his dream of completing an Ironman race because he had to take up other sports while his stress fracture from running healed. He understands what it means to be side-lined with a sports injury, as he has had many of them himself over the years.
Treating athletes is very rewarding because our medical team, can also utilize a comprehensive health approach and help you reach your peak physical performance. Our practitioners love providing Prolotherapy because it allows you to get back to training within a couple of days and does not involve long recovery periods.
We love working with all types of athletes and our goal is the same – to help you get healthier, recover quickly, and get back to doing what you love to do!
What our athletes are saying:
“I was training for a half marathon when I developed plantar fasciitis and sought treatment from Dr Hauser. After two prolotherapy treatments and following his rehabilitation guidelines my foot felt much better and I resumed my training eventually setting a personal best for my half marathon. I still take Prolo Support pack while I train and it has kept me injury free.” KB cyclist, runner, triathlete, professional from Forest Park, IL
“I was training for my first triathlon and developed terrible shin splints. I came to Caring Medical and Dr. Hauser treated my shins with a lot of injections (ouch) and assessed my running form (I needed different shoes). I am happy to say I completed my first triathlon with flying colors thanks to Prolotherapy!” PK, mom, triathlete from Western Springs, IL
“My body is so beat up from years of playing tennis. Dr. Hauser has treated my knees, shoulders, wrists, neck, and back. He helped me extend my pro-tennis career many more years!” HG, professional tennis player, Miami, FL
“I blew out my knee running the Chicago Marathon a few years ago. Instead of going for surgery (already had it on one knee), I opted for Prolotherapy. I was back to full training within a month. After three treatments, I was completely healed and went on to complete my 2nd Ironman triathlon.” TMK, runner, triathlete, businessman, Oak Park, IL