Author: admin | 27.02.2016

People have a number of reasons why they don’t see a naturopathic doctor for their health problems.
As professionals go, naturopathic doctors are actually quite reasonable, lawyers and dentists charge more like $350+ per hour. Did you know that naturopathic doctors regularly deal with the most challenging and complex health issues? While you may be able to find information online about the best restaurant or running shoe, I wouldn’t rely on Google for health information.
My interests range from healthy cooking, kickboxing, and triathlons, to parenting, reading and ballroom dancing. I had very badly strained Achilles’ tendons and two friends recommended Prolozone injection therapy with this doctor. Researchers have acknowledged that osteoarthritis of the knee is one of the most common causes of disability and it continues to increase in prevalence as the older adult and obese populations grow.
Understanding the available non-operative treatment options is a critical responsibility for the physician and relaying this information to the patient helps the chronic pain patient understand the ramifications of surgery. Despite calls that surgery should be a last resort – many doctors have already predetermined in their mind that surgery is the best route and in fact the only route.
In research published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, doctors noted that when screening was set up to determine actual need for surgery, trained doctors using standardized tools to assess the need for surgical intervention were able to reduce the number of surgical recommendations by half.
Surgical rehabilitation is much longer after surgery than for more conservative treatments, sometimes requiring many days of hospitalization and months of rehabilitative therapy. Out of pocket co-pays can be very financially draining compared to more conservative treatments. Except in a life threatening situation or impending neurologic injury, surgery, with its many possible complications, should always be a last resort and done only after all conservative treatments have been exhausted.
Surgery can be broadly classified into open repair, in which a surgical incision is made for direct access and visualization of the injury site, and closed, or arthroscopic, repair, in which a miniature camera is used to look into the joint through a small hole, and specially designed tools are used to repair the tissue.
Few injuries, and especially sports injuries, all of which almost always involve the ligaments and tendons, require surgery.
In published research in Practical Pain Management, Ross Hauser, M.D, et al, demonstrated that the Hackett-Hemwall technique of dextrose prolotherapy used on patients with an average duration of four years and one month of unresolved elbow pain—and interviewed thirty-one months out from their last prolotherapy session—was shown in this observational pilot study to improve patients’ quality of life.
In published research in the Journal of Prolotherapy, Ross Hauser, M.D, et al, studied sixty-one patients, representing 94 hips who had been in pain an average of 63 months, were treated quarterly with Hackett-Hemwall dextrose Prolotherapy. Wrist pain is a common complaint, usually as a result of overuse, repetitive strain, or trauma, at work or during sports. Prolotherapy is the only treatment found to stimulate cartilage repair and regeneration, as is shown by the X-rays. Presenting findings in the Journal of Prolotherapy, Ross Hauser, et al.  investigated the outcomes of patients undergoing Hackett-Hemwall dextrose Prolotherapy treatment for chronic low back pain. One hundred forty-five patients, who had been in pain an average of four years and ten months, and were treated quarterly with Hackett-Hemwall dextrose Prolotherapy were examined. This included a subset of 55 patients who were told by their medical doctor(s) that there were no other treatment options for their pain and a subset of 26 patients who were told by their doctor(s) that surgery was their only option. Patients told that there were no other treatments for pain or that surgery was their only option achieved the same positive results. Pamela Frank, BSc(Hons), Naturopathic DoctorI'm passionate about health, fitness and disease treatment and prevention through natural medicine. Jonathan Birch is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with a strong focus in joint regeneration and pain reversal using prolozone, stem cell injections, and PRP, as well as treating chronic disease.
Birch use a comprehensive approach to treat the injured body part(s) with prolozone using customized and individualized solutions, he also assesses the patients’ overall health, provides a comprehensive rehabilitation program, assesses the patients’ ability to heal which includes proper diet and appropriate hormone levels, as well as addressing other lifestyle issues that may affect healing. Birch discovered Prolotherapy and medical ozone after an injury on the baseball field that caused him to suffer the kind of chronic pain that afflicts millions of Americans. Birch became a believer in the therapeutic healing power of prolozone after only one treatment to his shoulder. I had been going to a different practitioner for prolotherapy, and the treatments were very painful.
When I arrived at the office I was greeted by both doctors, who were interested in getting to know me and me getting to know them. Often, the general practitioner is the first to evaluate a patient with a painful knee that has arthritis.
Further this type of study was need because “Few conservative management options were tried before (surgical) referral, indicating the need to enhance presurgical care for patients with knee osteoarthritis.

It puts a great stress on the body and can sometimes cause the patient to feel less confident using the surgerized limb.
These joints function as a result of the unique properties of the articular cartilage that covers and protects the ends of the bones. High-tech diagnostic tools, such as MRIs and CT scans, are used to determine the need for surgery, yet do not accurately diagnose ligament and tendon injuries. Prolotherapy has been shown to be a much more viable and effective treatment option because it stimulates the body to repair the injured ligament and tendon tissue. They reported less pain, stiffness, depression and anxiety, pain medication usage, as well as improved range of motion, sleep, and exercise ability. This included a subset of 20 patients who were told by their medical doctor(s) that there were no other treatment options for their pain and a subset of eight patients who were told by their doctor(s) that surgery was their only option.
All five degenerated knees showed evidence of articular cartilage regeneration in their standard weight-bearing X-rays after Prolotherapy. Most patients reported statistically significantly less pain and stiffness and major improvements in range of motion, crepitation of the knee, medication usage, walking ability, and exercise ability. Patients were contacted an average of 12 months following their last Prolotherapy session and asked questions regarding their levels of pain, physical and psychological symptoms and activities of daily living, before and after their last Prolotherapy treatment. All patients reported significantly reduced levels of pain, stiffness, crunching sensation, disability, depression, anxiety, medication, and other pain therapy. The 17 patients treated with Prolotherapy reported significantly less pain, stiffness, disability, or use of other pain therapies, as well as improvements in walking, range of motion, ability to exercise, and performing activities of daily living. The Case for Utilizing Prolotherapy as First-Line Treatment for Meniscal Pathology: A Retrospective Study Shows Prolotherapy is Effective in the Treatment of MRI-Documented Meniscal Tears and Degeneration.
Standard Clinical X-ray Studies Document Cartilage Regeneration in Five Degenerated Knees After Prolotherapy. Management of primary knee osteoarthritis and indications for total knee arthroplasty for general practitioners. Impact of a surgical screening clinic for patients with knee osteoarthritis: a descriptive study. A Retrospective Study on Hackett-Hemwall Dextrose Prolotherapy for Chronic Shoulder Pain at an Outpatient Charity Clinic in Rural Illinois Journal of Prolotherapy.
Hemwall dextrose prolotherapy helped reduce pain and stiffness and clinically improved the quality of life in people with unresolved elbow pain.
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Because at least 60% of our patients have already gone through the entire medical system, including specialists and didn’t get help for their problem, so they came to see us as a last resort. Since then he has has devoted much of his practice to prolozone, an exponentially growing, natural therapy that is revolutionizing the way we heal pain.
The office is lovely and was set up using materials that are good for patients and the environment. Evidence-based evaluation and treatment guidelines recommend the use of nonoperative treatments before surgical treatment options such as total knee replacement are considered. It can be very anxiety provoking, life demeaning, and aggravating, but it is not an emergency. If the cartilage is damaged or removed, so is the functioning of the joint, which suffers as bone rubs against bone instead of cartilage over cartilage.
In a very short time, the ligaments and tendons are stronger, and the injury pain and weakness are eliminated.
A sample of 94 patients were studied with an average of 53 months of unresolved shoulder pain that were treated quarterly with Prolotherapy. The results of this study showed that patients had a statistically significant decline in their level of pain, stiffness, crunching sensation, and improvement in their range of motion with Prolotherapy. This included patients who were told by their medical doctor(s) that no other treatment options for their unresolved elbow pain existed.
The improvements with Prolotherapy met the expectations of the patients in over 96% of the knees to the point where surgery was not needed. Birch will use different solutions for the injections based on the severity of the condition, the type of condition, and the patient’s symptoms and goals. Thousands of patients have been treated using prolozone – many of these patients are scheduled for surgery and never need it, and many have success even after a failed surgery. What is also surprising is that I am still experiencing significant relief 6 days after the treatment.

I watched his injection technique carefully and he uses sterile techniques and he also uses a laminar flow hood to draw up the solutions which is not something I have seen done in other medical offices and is an indicator of the high quality standards used at this office to insure the safety of the patient. I was a little skeptical of the treatment making a big difference, as I had tried other treatments that did nothing to relieve the pain or condition.
Understanding available nonoperative treatment options is critical for physicians who first encounter patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Prolotherapy can also significantly decrease the rehabilitation time for an injury to heal. An average of 20 months following their last Prolotherapy session, patients were contacted and asked numerous questions in regard to their levels of pain and a variety of physical and psychological symptoms, as well as activities of daily living, before and after their last Prolotherapy treatment. More than 82% showed improvements in walking ability, medication usage, athletic ability, anxiety, depression, and overall disability with Prolotherapy.
Over 73% of participants reported that improvement in their elbow pain and stiffness since receiving their last prolotherapy treatment had continued unabated to the day of being questioned.
Improvements in many quality of life parameters were achieved in this patient population who received the Hackett-Hemwall dextrose prolotherapy for their wrist pain.
Prolotherapy improved knee pain and function regardless of the type or location of the meniscal tear or degeneration.
The results confirm that prolotherapy is a treatment that should be highly considered for people suffering with unresolved temporomandibular joint pain and dysfunction. Sometimes this involves using the basic prolozone solution, but other times it means adjusting the solution to make it stronger by using Stem Cell Therapy.
I think this is a function of administering ozone (along with the traditional substance) , which accelerates new tissue growth. Unfortunately, traditional medical treatments for injuries, including surgery, almost always compromise cartilage. For athletes who have already had surgery, Prolotherapy has a high success rate for strengthening the surgerized area. The results of this study showed that patients had a statistically significant decline in their level of pain, stiffness, and crunching sensations (crepitation),  including the 39% of patients who were told by their medical doctors that there were no other treatment options for their pain and the twenty-one percent who were told that surgery was their only option.
This patient population experienced wrist pain for an average of four years and four months prior to receiving treatment.
The improvements were so overwhelmingly positive that Hackett-Hemwall Prolotherapy should be considered as a first-line treatment for pain and disability caused by meniscal tears and degeneration.
Over 82% of all patients experienced improvements in sleep, exercise ability, anxiety, depression, and overall disability with Prolotherapy. Upon interview at twenty-two months, on average, after their last prolotherapy sessions, this study revealed improvement in patients’ quality of life parameters such as pain, stiffness, depression and anxiety, medication usage, as well as range of motion, sleep, and exercise ability.
I may need only one or two additional treatments, and I will definitely be going back to this clinic. Jonathan was extremely careful, took plenty of time to explain the process and was kind and caring.
This included patients who were told no other treatment options existed or that surgery was their only option for their unresolved wrist pain.
A medical testimonial is intended to represent that everyone will obtain the same favorable results from a given therapy.
They treat you with respect, explain everything clearly, and take special care to keep the treatment as pain-free as possible. Ninety percent of patients had 50% or more pain relief and 88% felt improvement in their stiffness levels.
All patients who were taking pain medications prior to receiving prolotherapy were able to reduce the frequency of required medications after receiving prolotherapy.
Prolotherapy injections may not work for you and as with all medical procedures there are risks involved. These risks should be discussed with a qualified health care professional prior to any treatment.
Do not act or rely upon the information on this website without seeking independent professional medical advice.

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