The practice of Pain Medicine is multi-disciplinary in approach, incorporating modalities from various specialties to ensure the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the pain patient, including such specialties as rehabilitation medicine, anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, and psychiatry.
For example, one of the most common treatments associated with an integrative medicine practitioner is back pain. Many people relieve their back pain by taking pain medication. However, this can often make the back pain worse. Treating the cause of the pain is the best way to relieve it. Often times, this is caused by one of two things: the spine isn’t moving correctly, or the discs between the vertebrae have been damaged. Both of these things can be corrected with adjustments.
In Western medicine, treating back pain goes something like this: rest (which can prolong the pain) medicate (which can help you ignore it, thereby making it worse), treat it with therapy (which can injure it further) and perform surgery (a drastic measure). An integrative medicine practitioner can determine the cause of your back pain, which could be a number of things. Commonly, the cause is misalignment in the spine. This can cause the patient to not only have back pain, but can also affect other parts of the body, since the spinal cord is linked to many functions in the body. A visit to the integrative medicine practitioner can help relieve the pain in your back in as little as one adjustment.