Dr. Joern Funck grew up in Luebeck, Germany. After receiving his M.D. from the University of Hamburg in 1968 he completed his trauma surgery and orthopedic surgeon training in Hannover and Braunschweig, Germany. After finishing his clinical education he left the operating branch and switched to muscoloskeletal medicine, as well as manual therapy, opening his own private office in Luebeck in 1975.
In Bremen, Germany, Dr. Funck took up studies in orthopedic medicine, focusing on Cyriax diagnosis and treatment of soft tissues. He studied manual therapy with Prof. Tilscher from Vienna who first introduced him to Prolotherapy for low back pain patients. The same advice was given by Dr. Barbor from London, a colleague of Dr. Hackett who once brought Prolotherapy from the states to Europe.
After 20 years of experience, working mostly on low back pain patients he expanded the procedure to all unstable joints after completing extensive follow up training with Dr. Dorman from California and Dr. Weingart from Germany, who wrote the only book about this type of therapy in Europe.
A good friend and colleague, orthopedist Dr.Baehnisch from Leipzig, Germany whom he introduced to Prolotherapy in 1998 went to the states several times where he received in depth training from Dr. Ravin and Dr.Cantieri. These doctors used the Cyriax diagnostic and treatment technique as well, so it was not difficult to follow their advances. Consequently Dr. Baehnisch and Dr. Funck were able to set up new standards for their own work.
From 2000 to 2006 Dr. Funck has treated 1500 cases with Prolotherapy. He was successful in 88.3 % of them. In his office Dr. Funck uses a local anesthetic test injection to secure the diagnosis to avoid possible diagnostic errors. This is a special problem with the shoulder because there are many cases with mixed signs that are so irritating, even to experts.
In January 2007, Dr. Funck officially retired from his office practice. Once a week he continues to work in his former practice, treating patients with Prolotherapy. He continues to study, research, and advocate Prolotherapy around the world.
Dr. Gunter Baehnisch grew up in Limbach and Leipzig, Germany. He received his medical degree from the University of Leipzig in 1972 and completed his medical training in Leipzig and Würzburg, Germany. After finishing his clinical education he switched to musculoskeletal medicine as well as manual therapy. He also received specialized training in the Cyriax technique of Orthopedic Medicine.
In 1994 Dr. Baehnisch opened his private office in the Center of Leipzig. Dr. Funck from Lübeck, Germany, introduced him to Prolotherapy. After that first contact with Prolotherapy Dr. Baehnisch met Dr. Weingart and started training in Germany for Prolotherapy.
Since 2001, Dr. Baehnisch has come to the USA several times to take courses in Prolotherapy from many well known Prolotherapists. He traveled to Honduras with the Hackett-Hemwall Foundation to help with the missionary work there. Dr. Baehnisch has treated more than 550 cases with Prolotherapy with good results.