What We Treat

Our #1 goal at Caring Medical Florida 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!

At Caring Medical Florida and
the Hauser Neck Center
we treat all joints in the body.

Not only do we treat all joints in the body, we treat them comprehensively, meaning we place healing Prolotherapy solutions at all of the attachments that hold your joints together vs just administering 1-3 shots into the joint.

We Diagnose What Most Doctors Don’t Treat, Because We Care

All the Conditions we treat

Recent Medical Articles

Greater trochanteric pain syndrome and bursitis treatment

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Greater trochanteric pain syndrome is a term used to encompass pain at the greater trochanter (lateral hip) related to the gluteal tendons or the trochanteric bursa. Often, this involves tears or tendinopathy (degeneration) of the gluteal tendons (gluteus minimus or gluteus medius) or inflammation of the bursa….

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Lumbar discectomy surgery outcomes

Ross Hauser, MD and Danielle Matias, PA-C Many people have very successful lumbar discectomy procedures. These are typically not the people we see at our center. We see the people who had lumbar discectomy with less than hoped-for results and a worsening of their condition. In this article, we will explore failed lumbar discectomy and…

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Finding help for post knee replacement pain and complications

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Can we help you with your continued knee pain after knee replacement surgery? In this article, we will explore the problems identifying the source of knee pain after knee replacement and how identifying and treating soft tissue damage may be the answer to why you have pain…

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Causes and Treatments of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. You are likely reading this article because you are looking for some answers to your diagnosis of failed back surgery syndrome. You have probably been told that many people have very successful surgeries, and that is very true, but failed back surgery complications are something that does…

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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and lower back pain

Ross Hauser, MD Many people who reach out to our center looking for options for their low back pain have done a lot of research on the various remedies available to them. This research probably came as the result of years of trial and error pain management of their low back problems. Therefore, by the…

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Alternatives to Minimally invasive spinal surgery procedures

Ross Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Why do people go for minimally invasive spine surgery? Many people benefit greatly from spinal surgery, including benefits from minimally invasive spinal surgery procedures. We usually do not see these people in our office. We see the people who had surgery and did not get the hoped-for…

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Hip Instability and Hip Microinstability: A unsuspected primary cause of your hip pain

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C For many people, long before they have the sensation that their hip is “giving out,” they have significant hip pain. Originally it was a pain that came and went, but as time went on, the pain became more constant and more intense. They, like you, started…

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Cervical epidural steroid injections in complicated neck pain cases

Ross Hauser, MD & Danielle Matias, PA-C Many of the people we see at our center do not suffer from simple neck pain. They suffer from complicated neck pain. They are people who have a long medical history, multiple conditions, and symptoms, and have stories that go something like these: Nerve blocks, epidural injections, and…

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Platelet Rich Plasma for Knee Osteoarthritis: When it works, when it does not work

Ross Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Part 1: An introduction to PRP treatments. The science PRP as an anti-inflammatory. Chronic inflammation from structural breakdown caused by knee instability. Platelet-rich plasma can provide key factors balancing proinflammatory and anti-inflammatory factors. PRP as an anti-inflammatory. Chronic inflammation from structural breakdown caused by knee instability. Platelet-rich…

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Why physical therapy, exercise and yoga did not help your low back pain. Ligamentous spinal instability.

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. Many people will try physical therapy, exercise, yoga, Pilates, and other activities to alleviate their back pain. For many people, these exercises will be extremely beneficial. For others, benefits may be lacking. When physical therapy and exercise have been tried and pain and disability have gotten worse, the…

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Snapping Scapula Syndrome – Non-surgical options

Ross A. Hauser, MD.  Snapping Scapula Syndrome Over the years we have seen many patients with scapula area problems. The people we see who have been diagnosed with snapping scapula syndrome come into our exam rooms and for many, the first thing they want to do is to make the “snapping” sound for us. Some…

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Piriformis Syndrome and Sciatica Pain

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C We see many patients who are not really sure what is wrong with them, or, they are diagnosed with a problem that they do not really understand. Such is the case with Piriformis syndrome. For some, since lower back pain is a problem, a trip to the…

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Hormone replacement therapy and osteoarthritis – degenerative joint disease

Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C, Ross Hauser, MD Hormone replacement therapy and degenerative joint disease Research and clinical observations tell us that hormones help drive the immune system and help repair damaged joints. A patient who experiences thinning hair, loss of sex drive, decreased muscle tone, dry skin, menstrual cramping, irregular menses, chronic fatigue, decreased…

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SIBO: Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and the Vagus nerve. The problem of nerve compression.

Ross Hauser, MD Many people with a diagnosis of SIBO or Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth are very familiar with possible causes and treatments as they, you, have heard about many causes of SIBO and they may have tried many treatments. If you are reading this article it is likely that the treatments you have had…

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The different types of injections for ankle osteoarthritis pain

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C In this article, we will explore recent findings in the comparison of injection treatments for ankle osteoarthritis. There is really not much by way of evidence to suggest one type of injection works better than another. Many times, clinical and empirical observation, confirmed by self-reported patient outcomes…

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Chronic ankle sprain and instability

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Many of our patients with chronic ankle instability complain of their ankles “giving way” and having constant or permanent swelling, obvious pain, decreased range of motion, or excessive motion from joint laxity. Most will recite a history of chronic ankle sprains, they will note that their ankles…

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Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism and joint pain

When someone is diagnosed with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism they typically display many symptoms. Joint pain being one. Hypothyroidism Hypothyroidism can be caused by many problems and is a situation where the thyroid gland is not producing sufficient amounts of thyroid hormones for the body to run on. Weight gain, fatigue, and joint pain are among…

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Cervical dystonia and spasmodic torticollis treatment

Ross Hauser, MD Your journey started one day when you went to the doctor because you had painful, involuntary muscle spasms in the neck. Worse, and more concerning to you, is that your head started rotating and tilting to one side as these spasms got worse and it became difficult to get your head back…

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Can cervical spine instability cause cardiovascular-like attacks, heart palpitations and blood pressure problems?

Ross Hauser, MD In this article, we will discuss how chest pain, a racing heartbeat, panic attacks, fainting, and near-fainting episodes, and anxiety may be coming from a problem in the cervical spine causing compression on the nerves, arteries, and veins that are all part of the cardiovascular system. It is important to realize that…

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Neck pain and Lyme Disease: Will treating neck pain make Lyme Disease symptoms go away?

Ross Hauser, MD In the many patients we see with cervical spine instability, chronic neck pain, and neurological challenges, there is sometimes a concurrent diagnosis of Lyme Disease. It is often thought that neck pain is a symptom of Lyme Disease, but, rarely do people consider that worsening or chronic Lyme disease symptoms are being…

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Degenerative cervical myelopathy: Cervical spondylotic myelopathy

Ross Hauser, MD Cervical spondylotic myelopathy is a condition where wear and tear and age weaken the structure of the cervical spine and cause compression to the spinal cord. The diagnosis is given after symptoms consistent with spinal cord compression are apparent. This article will present evidence that cervical neck instability from weakened and damaged…

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Glossopharyngeal and Vagoglossopharyngeal neuralgia

Ross Hauser, MD In this article, we will discuss diagnosis, symptoms, and possible treatments for Glossopharyngeal and Vagoglossopharyngeal neuralgia. In describing the possible symptoms of this disorder, we find it helpful to share some of the experiences of people who have reached out to us. Below are some of their emails. The emails have been…

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Cervical Vertigo and Cervicogenic Dizziness – Neck pain and dizziness

Ross Hauser, MD Cervical Vertigo and Cervicogenic Dizziness are often used as interchangeable terms to describe dizziness that has its origin in problems of the neck. For many people with neck pain and symptoms of vertigo and dizziness, common sense and their own awareness of their daily quality of life suggest to them that the…

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Diagnosis and non-surgical options for Femoroacetabular Impingement

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C In this article, we will tackle the problems of getting an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options for Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI). We will also present discussions that the problem of pain and function of Femoroacetabular Impingement can be addressed with treatments that focus on the soft tissue…

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TMJ, Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

Ross A. Hauser, MD Often we will see patients who have been diagnosed with Hypermobile type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS), hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD), or general joint hypermobility (GJH). Some will have conflicting diagnoses and a confused understanding of their situation. Among their many loose and painful joint challenges are the problems with their jaw or…

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Achalasia: A vagus nerve disorder linked to cervical instability?

Ross Hauser, MD. Achalasia is a condition whereby the lower esophagus motility is lost. Most of us are familiar with gastroparesis. Gastroparesis is the condition where the motility (the ability to move food out) of the stomach is lost, but, esophageal dysmotility, and gastrointestinal dysmotility, are conditions where the contraction of the digestive tract, more…

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Atlanto-axial instability, and Craniocervical instability

Ross Hauser, MD Treatment of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome-related craniocervical instability is challenging enough. Not having an initial, accurate diagnosis can make it more challenging. A lack of a diagnosis can send patients on a many-year journey searching for help that they cannot get because they and their doctors are chasing the wrong problem. If you are…

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Overuse of medications for headache pain

Ross Hauser, MD If you are reading this article it is very likely that you have been on a long journey trying to find anything that will work for your headaches. If you are like the people that have come to our clinics, your journey has included: frequent emergency room visits, coping with sleep disorders…

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Cluster headaches, neck instability and the trigeminal and vagus nerves

Ross Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, PA-C. In this article, we will not examine which combination of medications, therapy, or neuromodulation techniques will work for you. If you are reading this article, it is unlikely you have had a long-term benefit from these treatments. What we will examine is something that may have been discussed…

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Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion or Cervical artificial disc replacement

Ross Hauser, MD. In this article, we will discuss the challenges patients may face after cervical artificial disc replacement. We generally see three types of patients when the subject is artificial disc replacement surgery. We see patients who underwent surgery with less than beneficial results, still have a lot of pain or adjacent segment problems,…

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TMJ: The other symptoms: Neck pain, muscle spasms, myofascial pain, breathing problems, digestive disorders and dizziness

In many patients who come to our center, we see primary problems related to neck pain and cervical instability. One of the symptoms of these problems is temporomandibular pain disorders. We also see a lot of people with primary problems with the temporomandibular joint. One of the symptoms of this problem is cervical neck pain….

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The evidence and comparisons of TMJ injection treatments and conservative care treatments

Ross A. Hauser, MD. Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. We often see patients with varying degrees of, and medical histories of, TMJ syndrome or TMD (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction). They tell us about how their TMJ developed, whether it was from extensive dental work, a traumatic injury suffered in an accident, or other reasons such as…

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The different kinds of injections for bone on bone hip

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C In this article, we will explore research on the various injection treatments offered to patients with hip pain. Included in this discussion are: Cortisone injections Hyaluronic acid injections PRP or platelet-rich plasma injections Combined PRP and hyaluronic acid injections Botox injections Stem cell injections from a patient’s…

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Comparing treatments for Plantar Fasciitis, Plantar Fasciopathy and Plantar Fascia tears: A review of the research

Ross A. Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C When we see patients who have continued problems with plantar fasciitis, we usually see patients who: Are runners or athletes who have been struggling with and trying to manage their plantar fasciitis for months, or maybe even years. Have already tried numerous variations of self-help and…

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Mast cell activation syndrome and the vagus nerve

There is a connection between neck pain and instability and mast cell activation syndrome. Over the years we have seen many patients who among their long list of symptoms and ailments include Mast Cell Activation Syndrome. They also had neck pain. For many, their neck pain was seen as a manifestation of their illnesses, rarely was it seen as the cause of their illnesses.

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Patellar Tendinopathy surgery and treatment options

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C In this article, we will examine research and clinical observations of various treatments for patellar tendinopathy, a degeneration process of the kneecap tendon. We will also look at the connection between patellar tendinopathy, continuing degenerative knee ligament damage, and degenerative knee instability that makes it very difficult…

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Vitamin D and knee osteoarthritis

Marion Hauser, MS, RD Many patients that come into our clinics for degenerative joint and spine disease, often ask “What can I do nutritionally to help the treatments?” The answer is usually a general guideline toward a more healthy lifestyle that includes a better diet. To combat degenerative disease the body’s immune/healing response will need…

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How difficult is it to lose weight before knee replacement? Is it necessary?

Only 20% of patients who are told to lose weight to have the knee replacement actually lose the weight. Researchers at the University of Vermont, Indiana University School of Medicine, University of Virginia, and NYU Langone Health wrote in The Journal of Arthroplasty (1) about the difficulties obese individuals have in losing weight to get…

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Ehlers Danlos syndrome hypermobility type – Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder in children

Ross Hauser, MD In our various articles on Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility (hEDS), we typically start out by telling of a patient’s experience in the healthcare community before they have reached out to us here at Caring Medical. It is particularly important that we do this because we understand that the parents of children who have…

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Alternatives to Knee Replacement Surgery

Ross Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. Many people are faced with a decision when they go to their orthopedist surgeon with the knowledge that all conservative care treatments have now failed and they will be told that they should strongly consider knee replacement surgery. So here you are, likely at the end of…

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Autism in the hEDS patient

Ross Hauser, MD Many children and young adults suffer from a myriad of difficult symptoms, not only for the parents, but their care providers to understand. In this article, we will review research that suggests a link between Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and hypermobile spectrum disorders (hEDS/HSD). In brief, this connection…

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Spinal fusion complication: Post-surgical pelvic pain in women and the post-surgical treatment options

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. Our website contains many articles on the problems of undiagnosed damaged or injured spinal and pelvic ligaments causing lower back and sacroiliac pain. In this article, we will discuss the problems of women who underwent spinal fusion and came home with pelvic pain. Before we start, let…

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How accurate are shoulder MRIs?

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Among the many controversies in medicine is the controversy surrounding the use of MRIs and their accurate portrayal of what is causing shoulder discomfort. Questioning the accuracy of shoulder MRIs is not a new challenge patients face. Research has been going on for many years talking…

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Is testicular pain coming from hip, pelvic or spinal musculoskeletal problems?

Ross Hauser, MD. When we are contacted by men with undiagnosed or unknown sources of testicular pain, they usually describe situations that cause them great stress and anxiety and unfortunately great pain as well. If you are reading this article because you suffer from testicular pain or have been diagnosed with the more general term…

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Partial rotator cuff tear – Do you really need a surgery?

Ross Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Partial rotator cuff tear – Do you really need surgery? Do you even want one? Many people have very successful shoulder surgeries. In part what made their surgeries successful was they had the time and resources for a good post-surgical recovery. They also may have lost time…

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The secondary cough headache and Chiari type I malformation

Ross Hauser, MD This article is for people who suffer from a complicated set of symptoms and conditions related to cervical spine instability that include a secondary diagnosis of cough headaches. A primary cough headache means that the headache is brought on by cough, nose-blowing, sneezing, uncontrollably laughing, crying, or trying to have a bowel…

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The thunderclap headache

Ross Hauser, MD. A thunderclap headache is a very specific diagnosis. If you are reading this article you are likely looking for more information regarding your or a loved one’s challenge with this problem. You may have reached the point of having had many tests to rule out a potentially life-threatening situation and there are…

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Complete or a partial ACL tear, is ACL surgery necessary?

Ross A. Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. ACL reconstruction surgery alternatives and regenerative treatment options Is ACL reconstruction surgical repair the right option for every patient? In this article, we review the latest medical research that can help the patient/athlete understand their ACL pre and post-surgery challenges. If you are reading this article…

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What is the best anti-inflammatory medicine? It may be weight loss: Obesity, inflammation and joint pain

Marion Hauser, MS, RD Obesity, inflammation, and joint pain At Caring Medical, we strive to figure out the underlying cause of our patients’ diseases and injuries. We do not just prescribe drugs, including pain medications. We have stood by this philosophy for over 30 years. This applies not only to prescription pain medications, but also…

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Does a knee replacement help you lose weight?

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Many patients are under the assumption that the quickest way to attack their obesity problem is to get a knee replacement. The thinking is that if they eliminate their knee pain with their “new knee,” they can exercise, be more active, and lose weight. Research papers…

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Prolotherapy knee osteoarthritis injections

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. In this article, we will update new research and discuss prolotherapy knee osteoarthritis injections. The knee is the most common joint treated with prolotherapy at Caring Medical. We use a comprehensive prolotherapy approach that stimulates the natural repair of connective tissue. Prolotherapy research shows significant improvement in…

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A medical mystery: “How could my problems be caused by cervical neck instability when I don’t have any neck pain?”

Ross Hauser, MD. People with many symptoms and conditions related to problems of cervical spine instability often consider themselves medical mysteries. Among the mysteries are their questions, “How could my problems be caused by cervical neck instability when I don’t have any neck pain?” In my opinion, the number one reason many people with suspected…

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Symptoms and conditions of internal jugular vein stenosis caused by boney cervical spine compression

Ross Hauser, MD We know you may be reading this article for two main reasons. You have been searching for possible answers to your symptoms because no one can find out why you have them, or, an enlightened clinician suspects that your jugular vein has something to do with it and he/she ordered a Jugular…

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Tennis Elbow Pain Treatments – Conservative Care, Injections, Surgery

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Tennis Elbow Pain Treatments – Conservative Care, Injections, Surgery If you are reading this article, it is very likely that you have a difficult-to-treat tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). As you have probably been told by your healthcare provider, this is an inflammation of the tendon attachment…

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Types of conservative care treatments and spinal injections for low back pain, degenerative disc disease, lumbar instability

Ross Hauser, MD and Danielle Matias, PA-C Many people that read articles on lumbar or spinal instability are clearly still searching for some answers for their or a loved one’s chronic pain issues. These people are typically someone who have had many years of treatments, and, a list of general and more specific recommendations to…

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Limited hip range of motion causing back pain

Ross Hauser, MD & Danielle Matias, PA-C This article is part of a series of articles on the interrelationship between hip and low pain. Other articles include: Treatments for leg length discrepancy, pelvic tilt, pelvic incidence-lumbar lordosis mismatch, and walking difficulties. Degenerative lumbar scoliosis and hip pain. Exploring non-surgical treatment options. Diagnosis and non-surgical options…

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Subacromial shoulder pain treatment

Ross A. Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C If you are reading this article you are likely someone with a job where your hands are constantly over your head, such as a home and commercial painter, landscaper, warehouse worker or you are yourself the parent of a swimmer or an athlete where a lot…

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The use of Ozone in Chronic Joint Pain

Ross Hauser, MD The Use of Ozone in Chronic Joint Pain There is a significant amount of research surrounding the use of ozone (O3) in treating various diseases and illnesses. In this article, we will present some of the research presenting various outcomes in the use of ozone gas for problems of chronic pain from…

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Cervical spondylosis, chronic neck pain and blurred, distorted vision

Ross A. Hauser, MD. If you are reading or listening to this article, it is likely that you already know the answer to the question posed: Can a herniated disc in the neck or whiplash cause vision problems? The answer is yes. The next challenge, can it be treated? If you are exploring this article you…

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Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion and Non-Surgical Options

Ross Hauser, MD Many people come to Caring Medical because they have issues with cervical neck instability and cervical radicular pain that radiates into their arms and legs. These people are looking for a realistic treatment option for their Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion surgery recommendation. In separate articles, we discuss Cervical neck instability, and, Atlantoaxial…

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Recent Research on Elective Cervical Spine Surgery

Ross Hauser, MD. This article is part of a series on the different types of cervical spine surgery often performed for Degenerative Disc Disease or Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy. Other articles in this series: Reviews of posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Cervical adjacent segment disease: Risks and complications following cervical fusion…

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Cervical spine problems, Vagus nerve compression, urinary incontinence

Ross A. Hauser, MD. The evidence cervical neck problems can cause urinary incontinence In this article, we will present the evidence that connects urinary incontinence with cervical spine and neck pain and instability. Further, when you treat neck problems, sometimes the bladder control problems are alleviated. Many patients come to us with a myriad of…

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Shoulder replacement complications

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, PA-C. Many patients have excellent outcomes following shoulder replacement surgery. Some people do not have success and have resulting complications. This article will review some of the more recent research surrounding complications. People have very successful shoulder replacements, some doctors suggest, however, shoulder replacement surgery may make things…

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PRP or cortisone for shoulder pain. A Quick review

Ross Hauser, MD, Danielle Steilen-Matias, PA-C There are many people who have very good short-term outcomes with corticosteroid injections. We will demonstrate this in the research below. This article will discuss beyond the short-term gains of cortisone injections. Typically a person will contact us with questions about their shoulder surgery recommendations following multiple cortisone injections…

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Alternatives to Epidural Steroid Injections for lumbar back pain

Ross Hauser, MD & Danielle Matias, PA-C This article will discuss low back and lumbar epidural steroid injections. For cervical spine epidurals please see our article: Cervical epidural steroid injections in complicated neck pain cases. Many people want to delay, avoid, or at best deeply prolong the need for spinal surgery. If you are reading…

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Shoulder replacement complications in the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Patient

Ross Hauser, MD If you suffer from chronic subluxations, dislocations, and pain from ligament laxity due to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, you know firsthand that shoulder problems may only be one of the many challenges you face. You also know that your shoulder problems are “widespread” throughout your shoulder joint, you are beyond describing a simple tear…

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Ernest Syndrome | Is this the answer to unresolved TMJ, facial, ear and throat pain?

Ross Hauser, MD Ernest Syndrome – the missing diagnosis of unresolved TMJ pain In the more than 30 years of helping patients with chronic pain, we often find that what people have been diagnosed with, is not really the problem causing them their continued and chronic pain. Such is the case of people who were…

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Arthroscopic knee surgery in a middle-age patient. Are there non-surgical options?

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C At our center, we see a lot of patients who love to be active and play golf, tennis, and pickleball. We also see patients who have demanding lines of work. These included contractors, landscapers, and other jobs that require people to be on their feet all day….

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Conservative care for knee osteoarthritis

The people we see at our clinic are typically people who have been suffering from chronic pain for many, many years. Their joints pop, grind, crack, and are generally considered to be “noisy.” They have a long medical history of prescription anti-inflammatory medications use, stronger prescription anti-inflammatory medications, painkillers,  physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic care,…

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Sciatica and lumbar radiculopathy treatments

Ross Hauser, MD and Danielle Matias, PA-C You have been diagnosed with sciatica and lumbar radiculopathy You went to your doctor concerned about a burning pain and numbness sensation in your buttocks, legs, and feet. Often the pain will wake you up in the middle of the night. You may have grinding and popping in…

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Undiagnosed spinal ligament damage as the main culprit behind back pain

Ross A. Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Most patients who come to Caring Medical with low back or lumbar disc disease, and thoracic or neck (cervical) pain have MRIs that show disc degeneration. On examination, we find that the MRI’s interpretation or demonstration of disc degeneration is seldom what is causing their pain….

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Alternatives to spinal fusion surgery and revision spinal fusion surgery

Ross Hauser, MD Spinal fusion surgery complications and treatment options If you are seeking alternatives to spinal fusion or a revision spinal fusion surgery, you probably have years of medical care behind you. Your case has become “complicated,” “difficult to treat,” and your medication consumption may have increased dramatically as your situation degenerates rapidly. You…

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Can excessive yawning be an indication of neurologic disease?

Ross Hauser, MD We often see patients here at the Hauser Neck Center who routinely tell us that when they developed their primary condition, such as intracranial hypertension, dizziness, or other problems, they also developed an associated symptom of excessive yawning. Is this yawning a sign that the person is simply tired, fatigued, gasping for…

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Ligament and tendon damage from Immobilization syndrome

In this article, we review various aspects of short and long-term immobilization of an injured joint, specifically the damage to the tendons and cartilage. Immobilization syndrome has been implicated in being a developmental cause of long-term chronic joint pain. If you have questions about immobilization syndrome you can get help and information from our Caring Medical…

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Cervical adjacent segment disease: Risks and complications following cervical fusion

Ross A. Hauser, MD. Article Outline Understanding Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion surgery, risks and complications following surgery. Understanding the risk factors for cervical adjacent segment disease. I am taking more painkillers now than I did before the ACDF surgery. My sinus headaches and posture problems after fusion. My ACDF was successful except for my…

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Hyaluronic acid or platelet-rich plasma in the treatment of hip osteoarthritis?

Ross A. Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C In your quest to avoid hip replacement surgery, you may have been recommended hyaluronic acid injections. The thinking behind this, as we will see, is that by injecting a lubricant (hyaluronic acid) into the hip, bone on bone pressure can be relieved. Surprisingly there is not…

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Is there evidence that cholesterol medication is helping or hurting your joints?

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle Matias, PA-C., Marion Hauser, MS, RD High cholesterol, and its treatment with statins, have been a hallmark of cardiovascular disease management for decades. Many people worry about their cholesterol because they feel they have to, based on drug companies and the media bombarding us with the impression there is a one…

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Non-surgical bucket handle meniscus tear treatments and repairs

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C The evidence for non-surgical bucket handle meniscus tear repair For many doctors and patients, arthroscopic repair is the treatment of choice for meniscal tears. Indeed in many cases, this is warranted. This article will discuss bucket handle tear surgery, realistic recovery expectations following an arthroscopic bucket handle procedure,…

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Sexual function and cervical spine instability in men and women

Ross Hauser, MD When assessing the degree of success of cervical spine treatment, we assess the quality of life standards the patient wishes to re-achieve and restore. One of those qualities of life issues is the ability to be sexually active with their spouse or partners. We often see patients who come in for a…

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Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy: Comparing physical therapy, injections, and surgical options

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy You are most likely on this page because you are an athlete or someone with a physically demanding line of work who has continued weakness and pain in your shoulder. This pain is greatly impacting your ability to train/work out or perform at…

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Excessive Sweating – Hyperhidrosis. Is treating upper cervical instability the missing treatment?

Ross Hauser, MD A patient will often contact us that they have a problem with sweating. Their clothes are soaked, they wake up in the middle of the night soaked. They are constantly and continually sweating. They have a diagnosis of hyperhidrosis or simply they sweat a lot and for unknown reasons. In a search…

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Morton’s Neuroma Treatments: Conservative Care, Surgery or Injections

Ross A. Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Many of the foot pain patients that we see in our clinic, come in with an extensive history of what they did to try to treat their foot problems. They are extensive because many of these people work at jobs that require a lot of physical…

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Can you realistically avoid lumbar surgery for bulging or herniated disc?

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Many people will undergo very successful spinal surgeries. While there is a good success rate with lumbar surgery, some people will opt out of surgery for various reasons. If you are reading this article you know what these reasons are. You can’t take time off from work,…

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Forward head posture symptoms and complications

Ross Hauser, MD If you suffer from forward head posture you do not need an explanation as to what the condition is further than the image below. Most people who contact us will immediately identify that their head sits far in front of their shoulders. What causes this? In many people, it starts when the…

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Cervicogenic headaches: Migraines, tension headaches and cervical spine instability

Ross Hauser, MD At Caring Medical, we have been seeing headache patients for a long time. In 2009, our research team published findings and recommendations for the treatment of chronic headaches and migraines in patients where clear cervical neck instability was suspected. Our 2009 paper was already based on 15 years of clinic observation. Here…

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Carpal tunnel syndrome: Non-surgical injections and nerve release treatments

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Carpal tunnel syndrome: Non-surgical injections and nerve release treatments In this article, we will explore various treatment options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with a focus on the evidence for non-surgical treatment options. A series of new studies affecting patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are questioning the success…

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Brachioradial Pruritus – Neuropathic itch

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, PA-C Among the many symptoms we see in our patients are problems of skin rashes and itching. The problem of itching can in itself be challenging. For many people, it is difficult to understand that this may not be a problem of the skin but rather a problem of…

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Platelet rich plasma injections for meniscus tears

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C.  In this article, we will explore research on Platelet Rich Plasma therapy for meniscus injury. This article is for people exploring the possibility of: Meniscus arthroscopic surgery. Meniscus arthroscopic surgery with PRP augmentation. PRP injection treatment for meniscus tears as a non-surgical option. Post-surgical treatment help….

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Vagus Nerve related Cervical Dysphagia and Laryngeal – Laryngotracheal stenosis – Problems of the voice

Ross Hauser, MD. Are voice changes part of a myriad of symptoms that point to vagal nerve dysfunction and cervical spine instability? This is the story of someone who reached out to us. Their email has been edited for clarity. Hello, I am suffering from various signs of vagus nerve degeneration. Orthostatic intolerance, insomnia, anxiety,…

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome following multiple knee surgeries and knee replacement

Ross A. Hauser, MD.  Many people have very successful knee replacement surgeries. Some will suggest it was the “best thing they ever did.” Some people will not have this same outcome. They will have significant pain and they will not understand why they have more pain after the knee replacement than they did before the…

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Ross Hauser, MD If you are reading this article and you have been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) you are probably looking for some possible answers to help you. You do not need a lecture on what painkillers are doing to your body, painkillers may be the only way you are getting through…

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Fibromyalgia: A problem of over diagnosis of psychiatric disorders? Under diagnosis of cervical spine instability?

Ross Hauser MD, Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic disorder affecting mostly women. The condition is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, poor sleeping patterns, and multiple tender points that occur in precise, localized areas, particularly in the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips. There is also controversy surrounding a fibromyalgia diagnosis. Let’s explore that controversy…

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Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Hip Osteoarthritis Treatments

Our office has been offering regenerative medicine injections since 1993 as a service to people who wish to try to avoid hip replacement surgery. As part of our comprehensive program, we offer Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, or as we describe it Platelet Rich Plasma Prolotherapy. The difference in the treatment is in the comprehensive nature…

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Sudden sensorineural hearing loss – Sudden Deafness

Ross Hauser, MD There is controversy in regard to the optimal management or treatment of sudden sensorineural hearing loss because frequently spontaneous recovery or remission occurs and the patient’s hearing “simply” returns. It is likely that if you are reading this article you had deafness come on suddenly, as the diagnosis implies, and you are…

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Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Symptoms and Treatment Options

Ross A. Hauser, MD, Danielle Steilen-Matias, PA-C Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction Treatment – What can help you, what may not Many patients that email or call our office are under the impression that Sacroiliac Joint (SI Joint)  Dysfunction can only be cured with spinal fusion surgery. So they are going to wait for one. The reason…

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Nystagmus – Oscillopsia caused by cervical spine instability and neck pain

Ross Hauser, MD If you have been diagnosed or suspected of having Oscillopsia, you know what Oscillopsia is and you know it took you a long time to get to a diagnosis and understanding of this disorder. For many, Oscillopsia can be one of many diagnoses or comorbidities that you suffer from and a contributing…

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Side Effect of opioids and painkillers – low testosterone levels

Ross Hauser, MD & Danielle Matias, PA-C Many men may find themselves in a situation where they are on prolonged opioid use to manage their chronic pain. They are being pain managed until they can decide on surgery or choose to remain on painkillers to get them through their day or their job or their…

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and knee replacement complications

Ross A. Hauser, MD.  There is not much by way of published research on the problems of knee replacement complications in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patients. Below I have listed and summarized the most recent research. Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome can have successful knee replacement surgery. However, for some, recovery and complications from knee replacement surgery can…

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Non-surgical treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia: Research

Ross Hauser, MD The evidence for Trigeminal Neuralgia non-surgical treatments In our many years of helping people with chronic pain in the head, neck, jaw, and face we have seen many people with a diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia. For some of these people, possibly including yourself, it was not easy getting this diagnosis as these…

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How neck pain and cervical spine instability cause nausea, gastroparesis and other digestive problems

Ross Hauser, MD Nausea due to neck pain, neck stiffness, and neck instability When we see patients with problems of cervical spine instability, they usually present with many symptoms, not just one. These symptoms are not confined to neck pain, arm numbness, headaches, or the traditional symptoms of cervical spine instability or cervical radiculopathy, some…

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Hip pain and hip instability from weak hip muscles

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle Matias, PA-C For many years we have been treating patients and athletes who were not initially responding to physical therapy or other exercise programs to strengthen their core, low back, hip, and pelvic structures. We found many of them searching online for answers as to why their exercise programs were not…

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Knee pain, mental decline and Alzheimer’s Disease

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Knee pain, mental decline, and Alzheimer’s Disease Are you worried about Alzheimer’s and mental decline? If yes, then you should worry about your knee pain and you should re-examine your thinking on knee replacement or any procedure that requires general or regional anesthesia especially if you…

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Extreme knee pain. My doctor says I should get counseling for depression and anxiety

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Sometimes we will see a patient who is reluctant to seek medical treatment for their chronic knee pain. The reason? “I have tried everything, nothing has helped. My MRI is not bad enough for me to get surgery and my doctor is recommending I get counseling….

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Occipital neuralgia and Suboccipital headache – C2 neuralgia treatments without nerve block or surgery

Ross A. Hauser, MD. Occipital neuralgia – C2 neuralgia treatments without nerve block or surgery Patients who write to us often describe a condition of hopelessness from a diagnosis of Occipital neuralgia or C2 neuralgia. They tell us about unrelenting headaches, pain and even swelling in the back of the head and neck. They will…

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Medial Collateral Ligament Knee Injury

Your doctor or MRI tells you that you have a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL)  of the knee. What are your treatment options? Grade 1 MCL tear If your doctor reports that you have a Grade 1 MCL injury, it means that your ligament overextended stretched out a little too far, but…

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What are the different types of knee injections for bone on bone knees?

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C If you are reading this article, there is a very strong chance that one of three things is happening to you. You are waiting for a knee replacement or arthroscopic knee surgery and the pain and malfunction of your knee are getting to be a bit much….

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Hiccups, Cough, Neck Pain, and Vagus and Phrenic Nerve Injury

Ross Hauser, MD.  Many people contact our center to discuss the challenges they face with chronic coughs, throat clearing, and hiccups. They may have a hiccup that comes every 5 to ten minutes. It disrupts their sleep, their ability to eat, and their ability to talk. The hiccups are accompanied by cough and throat clearing…

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Does cervical spine instability worsen menopausal symptoms?

Ross Hauser, MD How does cervical spine instability worsen menopausal symptoms? Let’s look at the nervous system. Your natural balance between stress and calm or “homeostasis” is under the control of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is divided into two parts, a stress part, and a calm part. The first part is…

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When Spinal Cord Stimulators are not helping

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. When Spinal Cord Stimulators are not helping In our many years of helping people with spinal pain, we have seen many patients with Spinal Cord Stimulation systems (SCS) implanted in their spines. We have also seen many patients who had these systems explanted or removed and…

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Essential Tremor

Ross Hauser, MD explains essential tremor and the connection to cervical spine instability. The term “Essential tremor” generally means that your doctors do not know the cause of the tremors. Hauser’s Law states, if you do not know the cause of neurologic-like problems, if you follow the neurology (the nerve networks) many times you will…

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Trigeminal Cardiac Reflex

Hi, my name is Dr Ross Hauser. Many of us in the healthcare field have heard the term vasovagal (drop in blood pressure). It is a common occurrence when medical procedures are being done or if someone has severe pain. These people suddenly don’t feel good, feel like vomiting, turn pale and the skin may…

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Cervical Angina

Ross Hauser, MD In this article, we will discuss the problems of cervical angina. If you are reading this article you are probably aware that the issues you are having in your cervical spine and neck are causing nerve root compression leading to chest pains that mimic a cardiovascular event.  It is important to realize…

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Accuracy and diagnostic readings of HIP MRI

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C You went and had an MRI of your hip. Your MRI came back and showed a lot of degenerative problems. You may have been told you have “bone on bone” and that nothing can be done for this sort of hip replacement. You went in for…

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Hip-spine syndrome: before and after failed hip replacement and lumbar spinal fusion

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C This article will present various scenarios in regard to someone’s combined problem of the lumbar spine and hip degenerative disease. In this article, you will see research that suggests a lumbar fusion can cause hip replacement dislocations if the hip replacement followed the fusion. You will…

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Rapid destructive hip osteoarthritis: When MRI and X-Rays show nothing and suddenly you need a hip replacement

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. A patient will come into our office. They have reached out to us because they have a very painful hip. They had an x-ray, they had an MRI, and both times the images revealed nothing that should be causing this person’s terrible hip pain. So the…

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Persistent groin pain after hip replacement

Ross Hauser, MD and Danielle Matias, PA-C People will send us emails that go something like this: I had hip replacement surgery over a year ago. I have had chronic groin pain ever since. Now my doctors are suggesting that I have some type of hip impingement and will need another replacement and a hardware…

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What causes long-term hip pain after hip replacement?

Ross Hauser, MD and Danielle Matias, PA-C As we will see in the research below, looking for a cause of long-term pain after hip replacement can be challenging. When an MRI or X-ray does not show a bone fracture, a hardware fracture or hardware deficiency, or obvious soft-tissue damage, a person can go from doctor…

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What does Sympathetic Dominance mean? 

Ross Hauser, M.D. The autonomic nervous system is divided into two nervous systems. These two nervous systems counteract each other. One speeds you up, the other slows you down. It is the sympathetic nervous system that speeds you up. It is more famously described as the “fight or flight repsonse.” It is the parasympathetic nervous…

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Dissociation, Anxiety, Personality Disorders and Depression – Uncontrolled emotion in cervical spine instability patients

Ross Hauser, MD. Many of the patients we see in our neck center have conditions of anxiety, depression, and dissociation. They may also have been diagnosed with personality disorders. These challenges can be termed psychiatric-like because, in some people, these problems are a manifestation of the cervical spine and craniocervical instability and are symptoms of…

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Vestibular migraine and spontaneous vertigo – Migraine Associated Vertigo

Ross Hauser, MD This article continues and provides further discussion and information on cervical vertigo. Please refer to Cervical Vertigo and Cervicogenic Dizziness for more discussion, patient cases, and treatment options for problems of dizziness. When people come into our offices with a problem of Vestibular migraine, spontaneous vertigo, or Migraine Associated Vertigo they talk…

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Treatment of Whiplash associated disorders

Ross Hauser, MD Treatment of Whiplash-associated disorders It is very common that people can suffer from whiplash-associated disorder after they have had a car accident years later. They have a lot of pain, may be in agony, and out of desperation may consider a surgical option. About 50% of people that suffer some kind of…

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Visual snow syndrome and neck instability

Ross Hauser, MD Visual snow syndrome is something that many patients describe to us as ONE of their many symptoms. A typical patient story where visual disturbance is present will be described in somewhat this manner: The patient would have visited multiple specialists without any explanation as to why his/her vision is blurry and can…

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Thermoregulatory instability – Neck pain and inability to maintain consistent body temperature

Ross Hauser, MD At our center, we see many people with many conditions and symptoms of a neurologic-like nature. The common link that we see in our patients is the link of craniocervical instability and cervical spine degenerative disease and instability. If you are reading this article it is likely that you have some type…

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Cervical spine instability and Crohn’s disease

In this article, we will discuss Crohn’s disease and how the severity of symptoms can be caused by pressure on the vagus nerve. In the video below a patient describes her symptoms and Dr. Hauser discusses treatment options and goals and reviews the results with the patient. Many people with a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease…

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Compression of the brainstem – Atlantoaxial instability and Atlas displacement

Ross Hauser, MD. Atlantoaxial instability and Atlas displacement are a primary focus of the Hauser Neck Center at Caring Medical Florida. In this article, we will discuss possible bizarre and disabling neurological symptoms that have gone undiagnosed or unresolved and the impact of Atlantoaxial instability and Atlas displacement, and upper cervical instability on the brainstem,…

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When persistent post-concussion syndrome turns into a neurologic mystery

Ross Hauser, MD At our center, we generally see one group of patients with a diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome. It is the patient who has long-term, unexplained conditions and symptoms. While diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, their problems have now turned into a persistent, chronic, non-responsive, and more permanent condition. From this sole group of patients,…

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Understanding Ponticulus Posticus treatments

Ross Hauser, MD. Very rarely does someone contact our office and come in with a primary diagnosis of ponticulus posticus. Perhaps like many of you reading this article, they heard that they have this condition from their doctor following a review of their x-rays and scans looking for a source of their varied and possibly…

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Acromioclavicular joint instability and osteoarthritis

Ross A. Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Acromioclavicular joint osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease where the articular cartilage lining of the Acromioclavicular joint bones wears out over time.  In this condition, there is shoulder instability causing grinding and pain. The shoulder joint is a juncture of three bones, the scapula (shoulder blade), the humerus…

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Balance and fall risk – Cervical Instability and Vagus Nerve Impairment

Ross Hauser, MD Nine out of 10 people that come to the Hauser Neck Center have balance issues. Most of my patients come in and their balance is terrible. Some of these patients know what’s causing it, they may have double vision and gaze instability. A clue that the balance problems are coming from neck…

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Diagnosing and treatment of Burning Mouth Syndrome? Understanding Cervical Spine Instability

Ross Hauser, MD In this article, we will explore the possibility that some people with Burning Mouth Syndrome may have its cause in cervical spine instability causing compression on the vagus nerve, the facial nerve, and the glossopharyngeal nerve, and problems of cerebral blood flow in and out of the brain. This would then create…

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Non-surgical treatment options and surgery outcomes in lumbar spinal stenosis

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle Matias, PA-C In this article, we will examine the challenges and findings of researchers looking for the optimal treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis. If you are like many people that we see at our clinic, you have had recurring and chronic back pain for some time. Sometimes this back pain flares…

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Structural High Blood Pressure- Neck instability can affect blood pressure

Ross Hauser, MD explains how the vagus and glossopharyngeal nerves are involved in regulating blood pressure and how these nerves can be impaired due to upper cervical instability, resulting in abnormal blood pressure. This can happen in otherwise healthy people, which can leave the patient and provider frustrated and trying medications that may not be…

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Finding an effective treatment for Snapping Hip Syndrome

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. Snapping hip syndrome is a frustrating problem for the people who have it. If you are reading this article you are most likely one of those people. It is also likely that you are a runner or a dancer. If you are reading this article this problem…

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Should I have meniscus surgery? Reviews of Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatments for Meniscus Tears

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. Many people who contact our office are in a decision-making process. The decision is to get a meniscus surgery, or, try to put off or avoid the meniscus surgery and find some type of non-surgical treatment for their knee pain. Many times, when we initially discuss…

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Dropped Head Syndrome – Isolated neck extensor myopathy

Ross Hauser, MD. When your neck feels like it cannot keep your head up In this article, we will discuss your problems of being able to keep your head upright. While there can be many causes for why your chin is in your chest, this article will focus on the cause as a mechanical problem…

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How diet, Type II diabetes and obesity compromise tendon healing

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle Matias, PA-C., Marion Hauser, MS, RD In this article we will examine the research surrounding the problems of a broken tendon healing cycle caused by problems of diabetes and obesity. If you are having concerns about your diabetes and obesity hindering your healing ability, you can get help and information from…

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Treating chronic knee swelling, knee synovitis and inflammation without anti-inflammatory medication

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. Knee Synovitis – Knee Swelling and Synovial inflammation In this article, we will examine synovial inflammation of the knee as a result of knee instability and osteoarthritis and discuss treatment options. Let’s start with: You have a problem with knee swelling. The problem is very obvious…

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Cervical radiculopathy treatments: The evidence for non-surgical cervical stenosis and cervical radiculopathy treatments

Ross A. Hauser, MD. Narrowing of the bony cervical spine canal, or cervical spinal stenosis, may not be pathologic (symptom-causing) itself. But when occurring in conjunction with cervical neck instability, it can impede neurological function. What is it I am saying here? It is that your MRI can reveal cervical stenosis, it can show boney…

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Inappropriate sinus tachycardia – Elevated heart rate and the vagus nerve

Ross Hauser, MD Inappropriate sinus tachycardia and postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) are very similar problems that cause an elevated heart rate. While they share common cardiovascular-like symptoms, there is the main difference that separates their diagnosis.  POTS and its cardiovascular-type symptoms are triggered by a change in body position or orthostatic stress, such as when…

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Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), the Vagus Nerve and Cervical Spine instability

Ross Hauser, MD In this article and explanatory video, I will discuss how cervical instability affects the function of the heart including blood pressure variations and rapid heartbeat by way of disruption of normal vagus nerve function. One of the scariest effects of cervical instability is how it affects the heart. I’ve had patients who…

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Fluoroquinolone-induced ligament and tendon injuries

Ross Hauser, MD Fluoroquinolones, antibiotics prescribed for acute bacterial infections have been associated with  potentially permanent side effects involving damage to tendons, muscles, ligaments and nerves. There are many different causes or tendinopathy or tendon injury or ligamentosis or ligament injury. One of the causes that isn’t as well known as other causes is antibiotic…

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What is the best diet for my advanced knee pain?

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle Matias, PA-C., Marion Hauser, MS, RD One of the more obvious ways to help a patient with degenerative knee pain and metabolic syndrome (abdominal obesity, hypertension, and diabetes) is to help them understand that a healthy lifestyle can be extraordinarily beneficial to their joint pain, especially their knees and spines. This usually…

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Sternoclavicular post-traumatic joint injury and instability treatment

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle Matias, PA-C A patient will come into our Fort Myers clinic. They have already seen a number of pain specialists for a subluxing sternoclavicular (SC) joint and they usually have an MRI report that they don’t really understand but they believe it contains the information that they can share with…

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Prolotherapy for hand osteoarthritis

Hand osteoarthritis is a debilitating condition that has serious effects on a person’s quality of life. Common symptoms include decreased grip strength, lower range of motion, and joint stiffness. For a part of the body that is used so frequently, these symptoms can leave a hand arthritis sufferer looking for any and all relief. But…

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Back pain with symptoms of anxiety and depression

Ross Hauser, MD and Danielle Matias, PA-C It is hard to imagine that there is limited research and sometimes a debate as to whether depression and anxiety play an important role in back pain. But there is. For decades researchers have not been able to say with convincing evidence that depression and anxiety make back…

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Curcumin and osteoarthritis

Ross Hauser, MD, Danielle Matias, PA-C, Marion Hauser, MS, RD In this article we will briefly discuss some of the research that suggests that the curcumin family (curcuminoids), compounds of the spice turmeric, display what scientists have called “amazing” antioxidant properties. We will translate this research into a closer look at turmeric’s ability to alleviate…

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Cervical disc disease and difficulty swallowing – cervicogenic dysphagia

Ross A. Hauser, MD.  Treating Cervical Spine Instability is treating swallowing difficulties In this article, we will discuss the problems of swallowing difficulties as they relate to the diagnosis of cervical spine disorder or cervical instability caused by weakened, torn, damaged ligaments in the neck. Cervical instability in the neck has been linked to swallowing…

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The anti-inflammatory function of the vagus nerve

Ross Hauser, MD When we fight infections, when we try to heal from wound or injury, our natural reflexes set off an inflammatory response. The vagus nerve plays a major role in this neural (nerve) reflex mechanism. More specifically, the vagus nerve plays a role in the inflammatory reflex that controls the body’s immune responses…

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Hearing and sound issues: Sound sensitivity, autophony, misophonia

Ross Hauser, MD I have written at length about the many problems that atlantoaxial or upper cervical instability can cause. Among these problems are the problems of sounds and hearing.  In this article and video I will discuss sound sensitivity or what I call hypersensitivity sound syndrome meaning that someone is hypersensitive to sound. …

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Cervicocranial syndromes including Barré-Lieou Syndrome

Cervicocranial syndrome can occur as a result of ligament weakness in the neck. Weakness of the neck ligaments commonly occurs because most people spend a good portion of their days looking down at phones and hunched over while working at their computers. Their work may consist of typing on a computer or being constantly tethered…

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Opioid use before knee replacement surgery can lead to poorer outcomes

People who used opioids prior to surgery and more often to help them manage their pain prior to surgery were at greater risk for failed knee replacement. Is it far-fetched to imagine that people who are waiting for knee replacement surgery or putting it off without treatments that are helping them are more prone to…

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Cervical spine instability and digestive disorders: Indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome

Ross Hauser, MD Can neck pain cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome? In this article, I will offer a connection between cervical spine instability and digestive disorders. Very often people will contact us at our center and they will tell us their story of some type of neck injury and the development of…

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Emotional stress: Anxiety, Depression and Panic Attacks: A neurologic and psychiatric like condition caused by cervical spine instability

Ross Hauser, MD. If you have been battling chronic illness, you probably do not need a scientific article to convince you that your challenges come with an emotional price. However, it may be helpful to have some science that says your emotional stress is something more than “illness fatigue.” When we see patients, they rarely…

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Venous congestion headaches | Intracranial hypertension headache

The most common complaint we see for head pain is head pressure that won’t go away. Typically we see people that explain that when they go to their doctors, they describe a head pressure that causes them headaches. They are then prescribed  medications. Many are in our center because the medications did not help them….

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Is your MRI or CT Scan sending you to a back surgery you do not need?

Ross A. Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Is your MRI sending you to a back surgery you do not need because of fear and panic? In this article, we are seeking to offer one simple piece of information. Your MRI may be sending you to a spinal surgery you do not need. We…

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Hydrodissection of the cervical plexus and auricular temporal nerve

In this video, we are going to see a hydrodissection procedure of the cervical plexus (which is responsible for the muscles that move the neck, head, and upper torso as well as providing the sensation of touch in parts of the occiput (base of the skull), neck, and shoulder) and the auricular temporal nerve (provides…

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Who can and who can’t kneel after knee replacement

Ross A. Hauser, MD. Who can and who can’t kneel after knee replacement For some people, there may be no choice, they will need a knee replacement. One of the problems encountered after knee replacement is the patient’s inability to kneel. What makes this problem so frustrating for some, as we will see in the…

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Surgery and non-surgical treatments for chronic knee cap dislocation and patella instability

Ross Hauser, MD In this article, we will examine surgical and non-surgical options for patients with recurrent patellar instability or chronic kneecap dislocation. As we do a lot of work with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type, if you are researching knee cap dislocation in children, please see this article Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type. Kneecap dislocation occurs…

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Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness and cervical spine instability

Ross Hauser, MD If you have been diagnosed with Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness, it may have been explained to you by your doctors that this is a mystery ailment with an unknown cause. Nonetheless, you have episodes of dizziness, but the room does not spin. You have a problem where you feel like you are…

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Non-Surgical treatment of elbow osteoarthritis – alternatives to elbow replacement

Ross Hauser, MD. At our center, we see patients with elbow osteoarthritis who have been through years of treatments for tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, and their elbow pain has progressed to a more painful, less functional situation with a significant loss of range of motion. This of course does not mean that people with…

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Frozen Shoulder – Adhesive Capsulitis: Injections, Physical Therapy and Surgery

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. A typical new patient will come into our center. They will sit on the examination table and they will tell us a story that sounds something like this: “I have a frozen shoulder. It is not getting better. My doctor and my physical therapist tell me…

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Patellofemoral osteoarthritis (Knee cap arthritis)

Ross Hauser, MD Typically, when someone reaches out to us about their knee pain and degenerative arthritis, they tell us of the many problems their knee MRI picked up including bone on bone knees and thin or no cartilage. Their MRI may suggest little or no cartilage between the thighbone and the shinbone under the…

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Venous insufficiency – Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency and neurologic-like problems

Ross Hauser, MD Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency is in some medical circles considered very controversial. It is a problem of blood outflow from the brain. The controversy stems from the identification of chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency as a possible cause of Multiple Sclerosis. This article is not about this controversy. This article is about problems…

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Alternatives to hip replacement: The evidence for non-surgical treatments for hip osteoarthritis

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle Matias, PA-C The evidence for alternatives to hip replacement For someone in chronic pain, in this case, from degenerative hip disease, we know you will spend hours in front of a computer searching for information that you hope will help you. The times you are spending in front of your computer…

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Shoulder impingement syndrome decompression surgery – What are your alternatives?

Ross Hauser, MD Article summary After a more powerful and perhaps prolonged anti-inflammatory regimen and ultimately a cortisone injection, you find yourself with maybe a little improvement. My shoulder impingement syndrome conservative care treatments sent me to shoulder replacement. I was injured at work, the doctors discovered an impingement. Maybe you are not a physical…

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Recurrent, chronic hip dislocations and subluxations

Ross Hauser, MD. This is a sub-article to the companion articles: Hip arthroscopy success and failure rates and non-surgical options Why physical therapy and exercise may not help your hip pain Hip pain and hip instability | What happens if hip muscles are weak? Hip Instability and Hip Microinstability: A unsuspected primary cause of your…

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Hip arthroscopy success and failure rates and non-surgical options

Ross Hauser, MD; Danielle Matias, PA-C If you are reading this article you likely have a somewhat lengthy medical history of hip problems and you have graduated to the point where the various surgical options are now being discussed with you. You may have just returned from a follow-up visit to your orthopedic surgeon. You…

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Treatments for leg length discrepancy, pelvic tilt, pelvic incidence-lumbar lordosis mismatch.

Ross A. Hauser, MD. Danielle Matias, PA-C  In this article, we look at the problems of leg length discrepancy in the adult patient, its role in back and hip pain, and, in walking difficulties. We will also discuss how these problems can be treated. We realize that you have probably made your way here to…

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Why physical therapy and exercise may not help your hip pain

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. Patients are often very confused as to why a physical therapy program or exercise/activity program did not help their hip pain as much as they thought it would. Clinicians, doctors, and therapists are equally confused. This is very typical of the patients we see. They have…

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Chronic neck-related symptoms without neck pain. Part 2: Vagus nerve and cervicovagopathy

Ross Hauser, MD. Part 2 of 3 on common symptoms that can be related to cervical instability in patients who are not experiencing neck pain, specifically with impaired vagus nerve signaling to the organs, including the heart and digestive organs. The video below is part of a three-piece series on Chronic neck-related symptoms without neck…

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Eagle Syndrome Treatment | When to have Styloidectomy | Surgical and non-surgical approaches

Ross Hauser, MD If you have landed on this page, it is very likely that you have been on a medical journey of discovery for many years. What you are obviously trying to discover is the mysterious and seemingly untreatable group of symptoms you have. As you will see in some of our sample stories…

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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo diagnosis and treatment

Ross Hauser, M.D. This article continues and provides further discussion and information on cervical vertigo. Please refer to my other articles Cervical Vertigo and Cervicogenic Dizziness from more discussion, patient cases, and treatment options for problems of dizziness. Vestibular migraine and spontaneous vertigo – Migraine Associated Vertigo Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness and cervical spine instability…

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Physical therapy and exercise for shoulder pain. When it works, when it does not work

Ross Hauser, MD There is a controversy in the medical community over physical therapy for shoulder injuries as a means to prevent the need for surgery. For many patients, physical therapy represents a treatment that they want to do and have high expectation that the treatment will help them avoid a shoulder arthroscopic surgery, rotator…

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Shoulder osteoarthritis treatments and Shoulder replacement alternatives

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, PA-C. Many times a patient will come into our office with advancing osteoarthritis of the shoulder. When they describe their shoulder pain they say things like: “My shoulder is barking at me today,” or “My shoulder is letting me know it is there.” When we manipulate their shoulder…

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Sinus tarsi syndrome – Pain on the outside of the ankle

Ross Hauser, MD Sinus tarsi syndrome causes pain in the outer or lateral side of the ankle. The conditions diagnosis is often difficult to make because on first examination the injury is often confused with a lateral ankle ligament sprain. The first step then is to differentiate between to two injuries or maybe more importantly,…

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Is treating avascular necrosis of the femoral head without hip replacement possible?

Ross A. Hauser, MD. Treating avascular necrosis of the femoral head without hip replacement Many patients we see with AVN or Avascular necrosis of the femoral head in the hip joint understand their problem as “dead bone,” or “dead bone from lack of blood supply,” and for the most part, that is what the problem…

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Whiplash and Post-Concussion Syndrome in the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patient

Ross Hauser, MD. We will often see a patient who has a seemingly impossible list of medical challenges and symptoms. These are the patients who have a diagnosis of hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. When these people suffer an injury, beyond the chronic joint dislocations and subluxations that have become part of their lives these people’s lives…

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Non-surgical Treatment of Acetabular or Hip Labral Tears

Ross Hauser, MD. Non-surgical hip labral tear treatment If you are here reading this article you have likely been to a doctor, a specialist/surgeon, and have been told that catching/locking, popping/clicking noise in your hip is a result of a hip labrum tear. This was likely confirmed by an x-ray or MRI of the hip….

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Is my MRI accurate? Is it Reliable?

Ross Hauser, MD MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a science of rapidly developing technology. Every day new wonders are discovered. So when commenting on current MRI accuracy, one needs to make sure that the latest research is cited to give accurate updates. This helps us answer patients’ questions on MRI accuracy. Article summary: Abnormal…

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Degenerative lumbar scoliosis and hip pain. Exploring non-surgical treatment options

Ross Hauser, MD. If you are reading this article you are likely someone who has been diagnosed with scoliosis “since I was a kid,” or, you are someone recently diagnosed with adult-onset degenerative scoliosis. Your spine, over time, as it was probably explained to you, is curving sideways. Also, in many cases, maybe like yours,…

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Vagus nerve compression in the neck: Symptoms and treatments

Ross Hauser, MD The vagus nerve plays a key role in regulating many of our body’s functions. Its name best describes its physical characteristic, Vagus is Latin for “fugitive,” or “wanderer.” It is the longest and most widely extended of the nerves of the body. The vagus nerves keep us alive by their innervation (nervous…

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I would like to keep playing or play golf again – Knee pain, knee replacement and golf

Ross Hauser, MD A lot of people play golf with knee pain. As you will see in some of the example stories, case histories, and research below, many golfers play through pain with the help of various remedies and self-help treatments. Eventually, their knee will hurt them so much that they will seek out medical…

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Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Joint hypermobility, lumbar instability and low back pain

Ross Hauser, MD. If you suffer from Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome you will likely not need to be told of the complexity of diagnosis and treatment. You yourself are probably a very complex case. This article will focus on understanding possible treatments and identifying what may or may not help you. As people with Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos…

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Snapping wrist – the extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) tendon; the extensor pollicis brevis; and the distal radioulnar joint.

Ross Hauser, MD Snapping. clicking or popping in the wrist, which is accompanied by pain or difficulties in rotational movement, are typically reported by people, like yourself, who play sports at a high level or have jobs that put great physical demand on your elbows and wrists. For many of you, there is probably a…

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Does massage therapy help with osteoarthritis related knee pain?

Ross Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Many people will benefit from massage therapy, many will not. The idea behind massage therapy is that the kneading and stroking of massage therapy will bring blood into the knee and blood initiates the healing immune response to repair soft tissue. It also feels good. Like many…

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Retrocalcaneal (heel) bursitis – Non-Surgical treatments

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C A common problem we see is the problem of heel bursitis or the more medically sounding term retrocalcaneal bursitis. Further and like many other problems we see here at Caring Medical, the patient has a medical history where he/she followed the basic guidelines of the anti-inflammatory attack…

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Cerebellar tonsillar ectopia herniation and Chiari 1 malformation: Non-surgical alternatives to decompression surgery

Ross Hauser, MD If you have been diagnosed with Chiari malformation, you may have found a great deal of relief in finally having someone figure out what was or is causing all the pain and fatigue, and fibromyalgia-type symptoms you have been suffering from. Unfortunately, you may have also been told that the only way…

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Are Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Headaches and Migraines Caused by Cervical Spine and Neck Instability?

Ross Hauser, MD Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Headaches and Migraines Among the many symptoms that patients suffer from in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome are headaches and migraines. Like many of the other symptoms that these people suffer from, the diagnosis and treatment of their headache and migraine pain are often wrapped in confusion, treatments that are not helpful, and…

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Treatment for Bunion and Metatarsophalangeal Joint Pain that is not responding to conservative care

Ross A. Hauser, MD We see many patients at our clinic with various problems of the foot and feet. One problem is the problem of a bunion. If you are reading this article it is very likely that when you try to put on your shoes and socks, you are looking at a bony enlargement…

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Chronic shoulder dislocation and subluxation

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C If you are reading this article, you are probably wrestling with a decision to have shoulder surgery. While the surgical option for chronic shoulder dislocation is something that may not be the first choice in your mind, you may be thinking anything has got to be…

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Research and reviews of Hyaluronic injections for Knee Osteoarthritis

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C.  Hyaluronic injections for Knee Osteoarthritis: Good or bad? It should be noted that we see many patients who have tried hyaluronic acid injections. These injections have worked for these people in the short term. These patients are now in our office because the short-term has not…

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Reviews of posterior cervical laminectomy and fusion

Ross Hauser, MD Extending a posterior cervical fusion into the upper thoracic spine A May 2022 study in the Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine (1) led by doctors at the Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopedic Spine Program, Department of Orthopedics Surgery, University of British Columbia. Western University, London, Ontario, the University of Toronto, and the University of…

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Treatment options for Failed Rotator Cuff Surgery

Ross A. Hauser, MD; Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Treatment options for Failed Rotator Cuff Surgery There are many people who have had very successful rotator cuff repair surgeries. These are typically not the people that we see in our office. We see the people after surgery who have been diagnosed or classified as a…

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Kissing spine syndrome – Baastrup’s disease

In the article and video below we describe the problems, diagnosis and treatment of Kissing spines syndrome or Baastrup’s disease. An August 2021 paper in the Journal of neurosurgical sciences (1) describes Baastrup disease as a common cause of low back pain which is often underdiagnosed. It is characterized by adjacent interspinous processes contact and…

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Non-Surgical treatment options for Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, PA-C. Treatment options for Lumbar Spondylolisthesis As you have found this article it is very likely that you have continued or worsened symptoms of lumbar spondylolisthesis and you have been given a recommendation for surgery or you had a surgery and you have continued pain and functional difficulties….

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Treating Vertebrobasilar insufficiency, vertebrobasilar artery insufficiency, rotational vertebral artery occlusion syndrome, or Bow Hunter Syndrome

Ross Hauser, MD Vertebrobasilar insufficiency – Bow Hunter Syndrome – Cervical neck instability. Every time I turn my head I get dizzy. Sometimes I almost pass out. The complexity and challenges of cervical neck instability treatment are fully displayed in the controversies and confusions surrounding the diagnosis of vertebrobasilar insufficiency, also called vertebrobasilar artery insufficiency,…

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Spondylolisthesis in the athlete Vertebrae misalignment due to ligament weakness

Ross Hauser, MD Spondylolisthesis occurs when a weak area of bone, in conjunction with stretched ligaments, allows vertebrae to slip and pinch a nerve, resulting in terrible back pain and radiating pain down the leg. Spinal instability and secondary muscle weakness can also predispose the spine to osteoarthritis. In this article, we will conservative and…

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Non-surgical treatments for Osteochondritis dissecans

Ross Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C In this article, we will cover research on Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy and treatment of Osteochondritis dissecans in youth athletes as a means to help non-surgically accelerate healing. The main focus of this article will be on knees and elbows. If you are reading this article you…

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Craniocervical ligament injuries: Focus on the alar ligament

Ross Hauser, MD. As with most cervical spine ligament injuries, the alar ligament injury takes its place among the controversial findings of difficult to treat and difficult to understand cervical spine instability and cervicocranial instability. What makes the alar ligament injury so controversial? It centers around how important or non-important the alar ligament is in…

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Can botulinum toxin injections for headaches make your symptoms worse?

Ross Hauser, MD When botulinum toxin injections for headaches make your symptoms worse Article outline: Why were you or why are you being recommended for botulinum toxin injections then? Two-thirds of people will get a more than 50% reduction in headache from botulinum toxin injections some of the time. One-third of patients will not. Still,…

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Non-Surgical Alternatives for Thumb Osteoarthritis

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. Thumb Osteoarthritis Surgery Alternatives In many patients we see with thumb pain and restricted motion, they have self-managed their thumb problems for as long as they could before pain and loss of mobility, and, especially grip strength and inability to sleep at night makes self-management difficult…

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How fast can I return to work after knee replacement? 15 to 30% of patients do not return to work

Ross A. Hauser, MD., Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C How fast can I return to work after knee replacement? 15 to 30% of patients do not return to work Many people who have total or partial knee replacement have very successful operations. These are not the people we see in our offices. We see the…

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Reviews of Diagnostic Imaging Technology for Cervical Spine Instability Ross Hauser, MD.

Ross Hauser, MD. Reviews of Diagnostic Imaging Technology for Cervical Spine Instability An April 2022 in the journal Health science reports (1) assessed clinical evaluation versus magnetic resonance imaging findings in patients with radicular arm pain. Here is what the authors wrote:  “Cervical nerve root compression can lead to radiculopathy in the arm. Some studies…

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After ACL Reconstruction: Complication and post-surgery treatment options: Do you need revision surgery?

Ross Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C In this article, we will discuss problems of knee instability following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery and review various non-surgical or revision treatment suggestions to stabilize the unstable post-ACL surgical knee. ACL reconstructive surgery works for many patients. But how do we define the definition of “works?” Was…

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Non-Surgical Triangular fibrocartilage complex tear and distal radioulnar instability

Ross Hauser, MD You have a lot of pain on the outside of your wrist. After a few weeks or months of anti-inflammatories and other over-the-counter painkillers, you go online or to the nearest pharmacy and buy yourself a wrist brace. After continued self-managed care and the fact that your wrist is still painful and…

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Cervical collars – why do they help some people and not others?

Ross Hauser, MD Many patients we see have a long history of neck pain treatment. One of the treatments or therapies that they have been prescribed is the use of a cervical collar or cervical traction in an attempt to alleviate the patient’s symptoms by stretching the spinal vertebrae to relieve pressure and pain on…

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome and chondromalacia patella

Ross Hauser, MD In this article, we will explore the various treatment options that can help people today with chondromalacia patella, patellofemoral pain syndrome, or “runner’s knee” get back to their sport or activities. We will discuss the various causes of a traumatic knee injury, degenerative arthritis, sudden onset from overtraining, and the development of…

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Alternatives to cortisone shots: Updated reviews of corticosteroid options. Ross Hauser MD

Ross Hauser, MD Is Cortisone the only option for you? If you are reading this article, you are likely looking for answers for your long time pain problems that may offer some hope that you can get pain relief today, avoid a hip, knee, or shoulder replacement surgery, or get some pain relief until you…

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Repairing a SLAP tear without surgery or biceps tenodesis

Ross A. Hauser, MD. Repairing a SLAP tear without surgery If you are reading this article you are likely someone very involved in sports or you have a physically demanding job. You may be a baseball pitcher or the parent of a baseball player, likely a pitcher, doing your research looking for that non-surgical alternative…

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Iliotibial band syndrome – Sports related knee pain

Ross Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Recently you may have received a diagnosis of Iliotibial band syndrome. This causes pain on the outside of the knee just below the joint line. It is caused by strong exertion of the muscle during the sport or during training. It is the explanation for your chronic…

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De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis treatment – should we look at the ligaments of the wrist and thumb?

Ross A. Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C Thumb pain can be confusing in that there are many issues that can cause pain in the thumbs. This confusion is none more evident than in the many patients we see with a diagnosis of De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis. See if this sounds like a familiar story to…

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Dynamic Structural Medicine Ross Hauser MD Review of Treatments for Cervical Spine Instability

Ross Hauser, MD A coordinated and balanced effort between the musculoskeletal, neurologic, and vascular systems is required to maintain a healthy upright posture. It is underappreciated how subtle changes in spinal curvature, posture, and stability affect this delicate balance. Dynamic Structural Medicine Body mechanics in health and disease is an integral part of medical specialties…

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Cranial Neuralgias – Symptoms of pain, smell, vision, hearing, taste and talking

Ross Hauser, MD. This article is a companion article to the many articles on our website that focus on Cranial Neuralgias. In brief: Patients diagnosed with cranial neuralgias have a sharp, stabbing pain about the face and head. These pains are caused by a malfunction or dysfunction of the cranial nerves and the face. These…

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TMJ and Tinnitus: Should we explore the ligament chain from the cervical spine through the neck to the jaw to the ear?

Ross Hauser, MD  For most of the patients that we see with problems linked to the cervical spine, we rarely see a patient who suffers from the symptoms of one diagnosis. Such is the case with people with tinnitus and TMJ and TMJ and tinnitus. This is not a play on words. Some people have…

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Achilles Tendinopathy and Achilles tendon partial and full thickness rupture

Ross A. Hauser, MD. Achilles Tendinopathy and Achilles tendon partial tears and full-thickness ruptures Here is what we are covering in this article. If you have an injury to your Achilles tendon, whether acute or chronic, what are your options? The use of Prolotherapy and platelet-rich plasma as a non-surgical treatment for Achilles tendon degeneration…

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Chronic Cough, Cough Hypersensitivity Syndrome and the Vagus Nerve

Ross Hauser, MD We will often be contacted by someone who will describe their current health situation in this way: I have been experiencing neck pain and stiffness. I have a numbing, tingling sensation from my scalp through my hands. My ear is always filled, I have tenderness and burning pain burning sensation on one…

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Psychological effects of training and injuries on female athletes

Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C In both male and female athletes, injury or the desire to push the limits of one’s abilities can lead not only physical injury, but to changes in body physiology and mental state. In this article we will explore the psychological impact of training and recovering from a sports injury in the…

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Neck Pain Chronic Sinusitis and Eustachian Tube Dysfunction

Ross Hauser, MD I am going to begin this article with a case history seen at our center and then we will discuss the research that shows a connection between cervical spine instability and neck pain leading to your problems of chronic sinusitis and various other conditions you may suffer from including Eustachian tube dysfunction….

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Pes Anserine bursitis, Pes anserine syndrome, lower hamstring tendonitis, or MCL sprain

Ross Hauser, MD., We see many people with knee pain. More specifically we see many active people including runners with knee pain. They often have many diagnoses. Some are correct, some are not so correct. Sometimes they will display symptoms over their whole knee and not simply isolated to one area or another. However, some…

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A Review of Prolotherapy injections for Craniocervical instability with Ross Hauser, MD

Ross Hauser, MD reviews Prolotherapy injections for Craniocervical instability. The basis of this video is to help answer many of the questions we receive in regard to the challenges of upper cervical instability. In this video Dr. Hauser answers the common questions: What is Craniocervical instability? Do you treat C0-C1? When do you use guidance…

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The different types of knee pain in menopausal and post menopausal women and non-surgical treatment options

Ross Hauser, MD, Danielle R. Steilen-Matias, MMS, PA-C. In this article, we will explore the challenges menopausal and post-menopausal women face with knee pain and