Identifying the root causes of chronic pain
Searing headaches. Debilitating back pain. Aching joints. Chronic athletic injuries. Pain that’s difficult to describe and diagnose, but oh so real. At Integrative, we begin with listening to understand the root cause of your pain and develop a unique treatment plan that can address it, so you can live your life free from pain.
Signs and Symptoms
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or conditions, you may benefit from a treatment plan aimed at pain management and reduction:
- Sports Injuries
- Chronic joint pain such as back, shoulders, hips, wrists, knees
- Meniscal injury
- Ligament injury such as MCL, ACL, LCL
- Disc injury
- Muscle spasms
An Integrative Approach To Pain Management
At Integrative, our treatment protocols vary with each patient based on their symptoms, history, and lifestyle. We aim to identify the root cause - the core imbalances that are perpetuating a cycle of pain.
Your doctor will recommend testing methods to identify the root cause. These methods may include:
What does your first visit look like?
Your first visit is the opportunity for you to share your health goals, and for your doctor to gather vital health information that will help them to determine the root cause of your health concerns, and the best treatment plan for you.
Complete Medical & Lifestyle History
Your doctor will take a complete history, gathering details regarding your current and past health concerns, lifestyle, as well as current supplements and medications.
Your doctor will examine the site of pain, as well as surrounding structures. They may also complete a gait analysis, structural analysis, and spinal assessment to fully assess what has led to the pain, and how your body has compensated.
If needed, your doctor will recommend additional tests, either at Integrative or with your medical doctor. They may requisition results from tests you’ve completed in the past.
For example, they may recommend serum analysis of inflammation in your body, antibody markers of autoimmune joint disease, or a food sensitivity panel.
Your Treatment Plan
Every patient is unique. Your doctor will develop a treatment plan that addresses the root cause of your health concerns.
Your treatment plan may include a variety of tools, such as:
You may need to eliminate foods you are sensitive to, emphasize certain macronutrients, or include specific micronutrients, in order to decrease overall inflammation in your body and support healing.
Your doctor may recommend specific herbal, nutritional, or energetic remedies, found in our Integrative Dispensary.