Imagine yourself being delivered, by ambulance, to a state-of-the-art emergency center, with a broken and bleeding arm that requires immediate surgery. A visit to medical imaging defines the exact location and severity of the fracture. Lab work indicates blood type and the presence or absence of infection. An anesthesiologist and an orthopedic surgeon work in harmony with a highly trained staff to safely and painlessly straighten and stabilize bone, cartilage and muscle. Their goal is to restore your arm, as nearly as possible to its original condition. You’re at the right place, at the right time.
The Question of Chronic
What happens, though, if you show up in a conventional practice with a chronic disease? Each year providers are challenged with a flood of hard-to-solve cases such as:
- High blood pressure
- Autoimmune conditions
- Hormone imbalances
- Elevated cholesterol
If you are one of those many, can you expect an instant “mend” like the fractured arm gets? In most cases, it’s not very likely. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the United States, 7 out of 10 deaths per year are attributable to chronic disease. Obviously, there are more answers to be found. That’s where, for the patient, integrative medicine makes a welcome appearance. Many health conditions are left wanting if conventional medical approaches are the only option on the table.
The Best of Both
The foremost work of a responsible center of integrative medicine practitioner is patient education. Helping clients understand their own body and how their condition is affected by circumstances such as diet, lifestyle and interaction of medications, supplements and herbs, is critical to the success of treatment.
A center for Integrated medicine seeks answers about causes; not just about calming the symptoms. It also seeks to bring about the most effective results with the least invasion. Alternative treatments to surgery or pharmaceuticals are explored. Frequently a complimentary blend of alternative and conventional treatments bring about the most satisfying results. Patients experience different, but equally effective, methods of diagnosis and treatment. They are taught safe, monitored use of bio-identical hormones and homeopathic or herbal remedies.
Remember that broken arm? Healing will be even more complete with postoperative exercise therapy. Homeopathic medications can reduce pain and inflammation.Sore muscles and scar formation will be improved with essential oils and massage. It’s the just icing on the cake of integrative medicine.