CHANGE the "Pain Game"
with Prolotherapy & PRP Injections
August, 2012 - Issue #94
If you've ever injured a tendon, joint or ligament, you probably know traditional Western medicine's most frequent "solution": a cycle of anti-inflammatory pills, numbing injections and, in too many cases, surgery. Few of us would complain about this lineup, though, if we found it effective. The trouble is that narcotics and scalpels rarely put an end to pain and can, in fact, make things a whole lot worse.

"We see an incredible amount of patients who've injured a knee, ankle, tendon or shoulder and were told that surgery was the only option. Thankfully, more and more of them are coming to us for a second opinion before they go under the knife. Of those who've been told that they needed surgery, I would estimate that a full 86 percent of them avoided surgery entirely by opting for less invasive treatments like PRP and Prolotherapy in our office. We've also been able to relieve pain for good for folks who've had surgery that, unfortunately, didn't fix the problem the way the patient had hoped for," says Dr. Chace Unruh, clinical director of the Unruh Spine Center in Newhall.

"We help our patients become pain free and achieve
ULTIMATE WELLNESS through treatments like
Prolotherapy, which stimulates a healing response in the body.
We DON'T COVER UP PAIN with narcotics -
we empower the body to truly heal itself
using FDA-certified treatments proven effective
in peer-reviewed trials,"
~ Dr. Chace Unruh, Clinical Director of the Unruh Spine Center

Both PRP and Prolotherapy are FDA-approved treatments that utilize the body's natural ability to heal itself; these therapies activate natural healing patterns in the area of injury and have proven successful on thousands of patients, including NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.

Prolotherapy is easy to describe and difficult to master. "The basic mechanism of Prolotherapy is simple. A substance is injected into the affected ligaments or tendons, which leads to local inflammation. The localized inflammation triggers a wound-healing cascade, resulting in the deposition of new collagen, the material that ligaments and tendons are made of. New collagen shrinks as it matures. The shrinking collagen tightens the ligament that was injected and makes it stronger. Prolotherapy has the potential of being 100 percent effective at eliminating chronic pain due to ligament and tendon weakness, but depends upon the technique of the individual Prolotherapist," shares Karim Soliman, MD. Soliman, the former medical director of one of the largest multi-specialty medical groups in the nation and an investigator in FDA clinical trials.

"We're proud to count one of the FDA's researchers as a member of our wellness family," says Dr. Unruh. "Dr. Soliman has mastered the art of identifying the best injection types and combinations to use for each patient to stimulate fast, complete healing."

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment is another option that engages the body in healing itself. Using small amounts of blood taken from the patient, a centrifuge is used to concentrate platelet-rich plasma. This plasma is injected into the injured area, releasing a dense collection of healing platelets and the patient's own growth factors. This less invasive, less risky, less painful treatment has made it possible to treat tissue damage - even tears in the knees, rotator cuff, Achilles and hamstring, along with sprains, tendonitis, joint pain, bursitis and more - without ever picking up a scalpel.

"PRP injections instantly stimulate healing and the healthy growth of new tissue, which - like in Prolotherapy and in nature - will start to shrink. This shrinkage results in the injured area becoming stronger, tighter and, ultimately, pain free. This is a ground-breaking treatment that actually regenerates tissue," explains Dr. Unruh.

So before you pop another pill or go under the knife, give your body a chance to do what comes most naturally - heal itself. You have nothing to lose and a pain-free life to gain. Why suffer through surgery - or go through life hobbled by injury - when you don't have to?
The Unruh Spine Center is located at 23043 Lyons Avenue in Newhall. 288-0022

A Multidisciplinary Approach
to Pain Relief & Wellness

As one of America's top integrated medical offices, the Unruh Spine Center offers a vast collection of services, including:

Acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing process and is effective for treating any condition including, but not limited to, pain, addiction, stress, headaches, arthritis, bedwetting, weakness, digestive disorders and more.

Disc problems, whiplash, osteoarthritis, joint dysfunction, neck/back pain, headaches, sciatica, pinched nerves, carpal tunnel syndrome, immune problems and fibromyalgia are treated successfully with chiropractic services.

An "East meets West" philosophy is ever present at the Unruh Spine Center. The most cutting-edge Western specialists, treatments and diagnostic systems partner with a team of noninvasive practitioners to ensure that you achieve your health and pain-relief goals.

Neurosurgery is any surgery that involves the spinal cord, peripheral nerves or nervous system (brain/spine). Of all the systems making up the human body, your nervous system is arguably the most vital to your quality of life. Neurosurgeons are the top specialists for neck and back surgery.

Pain Management
If you suffer with extremely painful muscle ache, ask The Unruh Spine Center about Trigger Point Injection (TPI). Reduce the risk of scar-tissue development, loss of motion and weakness with TPI. Natural and traditional pain-relief injections are also available.

Physical Therapy
The Unruh Spine Center offers a rehabilitation clinic specializing in pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations. Treatments are individualized with a multidisciplinary approach to best utilize the practices of physical, massage and occupational therapy, personal training, strength/conditioning, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture.

The Unruh Spine Center's resident podiatrist is a diabetic specialist who offers least-invasive bunion and hammertoe surgery, as well as custom orthotics and treatment for corns, callouses, plantar fasciitis, fungal/ingrown nails and sports injuries.

The Unruh Spine Center specializes in Prolotherapy, which has the potential of being 100-percent effective in eliminating chronic pain. A simple injection into the affected ligaments or tendons intentionally leads to local inflammation to trigger a wound-healing cascade that results in new collagen creation and tightened, stronger ligaments.

Sports Injury
Chiropractic care most closely relates to the needs of the athlete because special attention is given to the spine, joints, muscles, tendons and nerves.

The Unruh Spine Center offers the highest-quality bio-available Nutraceutical supplements to meet your unique needs. They also offer bio-identical hormone treatments for both men and women to promote health and anti-aging benefits. Professional consultations ensure that your body is paired with the supplements and treatments it needs for the ultimate in physical, emotional and cognitive health.
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