The Caring Medical Difference: Hope Practiced Here®
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics. In this section, we have outlined more about who we are, our procedures, our research, and our 25+ year history of helping to restore lives and building better pain medicine.
Our #1 goal at Caring Medical is to provide you with a comprehensive, individualized treatment program that will stimulate your body to heal so that you can get back to living a full and active life! No need to continue to take long-term pain medications, receive steroid shots, or undergo unnecessary surgeries! Chronic pain, uncontrolled cartilage degeneration, or a nagging injury does not need to hold you back from what you want to do in life. Let us prove that to you!
Caring Medical is 100% devoted to alleviating all types of musculoskeletal pain, degeneration, and sports injuries by inducing the body to resolve the underlying cause: joint instability. Our regenerative treatment protocols stimulate your body to heal vs traditional treatments that actually accelerate the degenerative process.
As leaders in the field of Regenerative Medicine, we provide unparalleled treatment programs that may include any of the following:
- Hackett-Hemwall Prolotherapy,
- Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy,
- Bone Marrow-derived stem cell Prolotherapy,
- Adipose-derived stem cell Prolotherapy,
- and/or Nerve Release and Regeneration Injection Therapy,
- in combination with advice on lifestyle factors that include exercise prescriptions, nutrition, stress management, and spiritual healing. We get to know you and are ready and willing to be involved in your lives to help you on the road to healing.
Caring Medical was established in 1991 by Medical Director, Ross Hauser, MD, and CEO, Marion Hauser, MS, RD, and has developed into one of the largest non-surgical chronic pain clinics in the United States. Caring Medical has two locations: One in sunny, beautiful Fort Myers, Florida and one in the historic village of Oak Park, Illinois just outside Chicago, conveniently located between both major Chicago airports.
Marion Boomer-Hauser, MS, RD, CEO & Ross Hauser, MD, Medical Director
Where the world comes for Prolotherapy!®
We have been blessed to treat patients who travel from all over the globe, to our centers in Chicagoland and southwest Florida, including all of the US states, as well as Europe, UK, Africa, Australia, South and Central America, and beyond! Our patients love “pinning” the location from which they have traveled on our Caring Medical map! While it may be a new concept to some folks to travel for healthcare, because what we do is so unique, patients are not necessarily able to find a suitable Comprehensive Prolotherapy and stem cell therapy center in their backyard.
Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Providers: 25+ years’ experience in non-surgical healing!
Ross Hauser, MD | Danielle Steilen-Matias, PA-C | Katherine Worsnick, PA-C | David Woznica, MD
The Legacy of Prolotherapy: As with any medical procedure, the technique of Prolotherapy matters. Prolotherapy is what we do full time and we have taken on some of the toughest pain cases and complex body areas to treat. We have always respected our Prolotherapy roots, while bringing on proven advancements, like Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma solutions, in appropriate cases. No matter how fancy the solution, we focus on whole joint care.
The founder of Prolotherapy, George S. Hackett, M.D. taught the technique to Gustav Hemwall, M.D. in the mid-1950s. Dr. Hemwall, the main teacher of Prolotherapy from 1970 to 1998 passed on his knowledge to young physicians, including his apprentice, Ross Hauser, M.D. Dr. Hauser has been carrying on the Prolotherapy legacy for over 25 years, perfecting the technique and expanding its use to many different painful conditions. Together with the talents of Danielle Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C, Dave Woznica, MD, and Katherine Worsnick, PA-C, they have an incredible armamentarium of experience to utilize. Our Oak Park clinic has been performing Prolotherapy for over 60 years! This is why so many people come to Caring Medical – experience!
Excellence: Our team of Prolotherapy practitioners is passionate about maintaining the integrity of the tried and true Hackett-Hemwall technique, as well as incorporating the newer advances in regenerative medicine, such as Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). We are always striving to provide the most up-to-date, cost-effective, results-oriented treatments available, often discovering new treatment regimes that are subsequently utilized by others in the field of regenerative medicine. We are innovators!
Expertise: Over the course of the last 25 years, Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics has published over 30 scientific articles and 8 books on its success utilizing the Hackett-Hemwall comprehensive Prolotherapy technique to resolve the pain of such conditions as degenerative disc disease, joint osteoarthritis, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, nerve entrapments, tennis and golf injuries, labral tears and a host of other conditions.
To date, Caring Medical has the best-published results resolving the chronic pain of end-stage osteoarthritis. Utilizing bone marrow from the tibia as the proliferant (Prolotherapy solution), all patients were not only able to regain their mobility but also restore their exercise ability.
Patients come here to be cured of pain, not pain “management!”
We treat patients until three criteria are met:
- Functional Goal has been met: This means that our patients’ exercise and activity goals are met. If a patient wants to get back to marathon running, we get the patient back to marathon running. If the patient’s desire is to not get a knee replacement and play pickleball, we treat the patient until he/she is playing pickleball with his/her own knees!
- 90+% of symptoms are resolved at full activity. We consider a patient who is back to full activities and has 90% symptom relief, one happy patient! We are all getting older and a little stiffness, especially after exercise, is expected. But not pain!
- Ultrasound and/or Digital Motion X-ray show the instability has improved to an acceptable level. Ultrasound and Motion x-rays can document that tissues are healing and the instability is resolving. We use musculoskeletal ultrasound and Digital Motion X-ray (DMX) in our office to visualize tendon and ligament tears, as well as joint instabilities; and subsequently monitor progress followed at each visit. Once a patient is at full activity with minimal symptoms and the ultrasound or motion x-rays show regeneration of the injured structures, the patient can “graduate” from Prolotherapy. Yes, you read that correctly. We want our patients to go on and have a nice life, not have to sign up for 30+ ongoing therapy sessions, prescription refill visits, etc. Pain management shouldn’t be a lifestyle!
We are a results-oriented clinic
We provide you with an accurate prognosis with Regenerative Medicine on the first visit.
We aim to find the right solution that requires the minimum number of treatments for the maximum success. The staff at Caring Medical whole-heartedly believes in the commission to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. We are committed to doing our best to help you find the resolution to your pain problem, all the while, treating you with the respect and results that you deserve. If you are not a good candidate for our treatments, we will let you know and do our best to make appropriate referrals/recommendations for you. But most people with musculoskeletal pain are good or excellent candidates, even advanced or full-body cases. Our goal is to provide you with awesome 5-star service that leaves you literally jumping for joy!
We document the cause of the problem, joint instability, with Ultrasound and DMX.
Most patients, and even their other providers, are unaware of the true diagnoses that lead to the pain/injury: destructive joint motions caused by ligament injury. We combine physical examination techniques as well as motion imaging to document the excessive, abnormal, destructive joint motions. 2mm, 1mm or even fractions of a millimeter can produce excessive motion leading to joint instability. These excessive motions can be documented by motion technology such as ultrasound and Digital Motion X-Ray. Our patients appreciate this and their eyes become wide-opened when they see their own joint instability! Patients are often shocked to see that they have joint instability even though they have been told they are bone-on-bone arthritis and their joint feels stiff. As discussed above, we also utilize these technologies to measure the treatment progress which goes hand in hand with improvements in functional abilities.
We address nerve entrapments.
Yes, nerves can be released and regenerated without surgery! All pain has a nerve component because you only experience pain because the pain impulses are carried and experienced by nerve transmission. Small, as well as large nerves, can become compressed, entrapped or excessively stretched when muscles and facial layers tighten in response to joint instability. Caring Medical’s amazing providers have developed ultrasound-guided nerve release and regeneration treatments that often produce immediate pain relief. This highly technical and effective treatment known as Nerve Release and Regeneration Injection Therapy (NRRIT) is performed right in the office. It is often performed in conjunction with Prolotherapy, Lyftogt perineural injection therapy, or other modalities that stimulate long-term joint instability correction that caused the nerve to get pinched. This powerful combination has produced fantastic results!
We help patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and other genetic hypermobility disorders, alleviate joint hypermobility and neurological symptoms and syndromes.
Our providers have a special interest in treating patients with these conditions and are very successful at helping patients lead very normal lives using the wide array of regenerative medicine treatment modalities at Caring Medical. No need to continue to feel hopeless with a potential to end up in a wheelchair!
We help patients who want avoid joint replacement surgery.
Over the course of 25 years, we have figured out which patients we can help and which ones we cannot. We have a 90% success rate on patients who are excellent Prolotherapy candidates not need joint replacements, even in patients who have already been told by his/her orthopedists that they need one. This has been one of the most exciting parts of our practice and we have dedicated a good chunk of our Prolotherapy research to reporting on and examining these cases closer. If Prolotherapy even with stem cells is not going to work for you, we tell you on the first visit. We want you to get better and, if we think the chances are great for getting you better with our treatment protocols, we will tell you. If not, we will tell you that also and make the best recommendation for your next step that we can.
We resolve spinal instability so that spinal fusions are avoided and unnecessary.
Cervical and lumbar fusion surgeries are on the rise! Patients are getting these surgeries at much younger ages as well. People do not know what else to do, so they agree to these surgeries which lead to complications an additional future surgeries. YET, many patients come to Caring Medical not wanting a cervical or lumbar fusion. We have been able to save many patients from these surgeries and help them return to normal function.
We are Prolotherapy patients.
We believe in Prolotherapy in large part because Prolotherapy has cured our pain! Among our team are runners, cyclists, power walkers, swimmers, tennis players, triathletes, weightlifters, kayakers, hikers, moms & dads who have all benefited from the healing power of Prolotherapy. We know what you are going through. We know how it feels to be out with an injury, live with hypermobility syndromes, and have difficulty performing the simplest activities because of unbearable pain.
We provide hope.
Most of the staff at Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics are long-term employees because of the gratification they receive seeing lives changed. One of the greatest rewards in patient care is to be part of restoring a person’s hope, health, happiness, and perhaps most of all, their faith! We know that pain and injury can be disabling to the patient, their loved ones and may appear hopeless. For over 25 years Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics has been committed to the statement, “Hope Practiced Here.” For we know better than anyone that no matter how bad it appears, no matter how many times people have said “you aren’t going to get better,” “it’s all in your head” or “you have to get surgery,” there is another way!
We believe the most cost-effective whole joint care available to resolve pain, arthritis, or sports injury, even in patients who have to fly in to receive treatment, is the comprehensive Hackett-Hemwall Prolotherapy treatments given at Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics. In our experience, we have seen that “all things are possible” and we hope and pray that you will continue to search for the cause of your condition. We believe that most of you will find that what we have written over these past several decades is true: Joint Instability is the missing diagnosis and has one primary cure: Prolotherapy!
The Family at Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics