A Multidisciplinary Approach to Managing Chronic and Acute Pain
The American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) is a medical specialty society focused on the field of Pain Medicine, and it plays an active role in education, training, research and advocacy where pain management is concerned. Pain Medicine takes a multidisciplinary approach to pain management by incorporating many different specialties to better evaluate and treat symptoms of pain. Specialists from a variety of fields are proud to be a part of the AAPM, including physiatrists, anesthesiologists, internal medicine physicians, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurological surgeons, and psychiatrists. Our very own Dr. Sniezek is a Diplomate of the AAPM.
Chronic Pain and Depression--A Double-Edged Sword
If you have both chronic pain and depression, you’re not alone. This is a very common problem, as depression and chronic pain tend to overlap. In fact, depression is one of the top psychological problems people who suffer from chronic pain face. One study found that over half of all patients who complain about pain to their doctors also say they are depressed. This is especially common in people whose pain reduces their independence. If chronic pain (which can take on many forms, from persistent lower back pain to overall pain of the joints throughout the body) and depression weren’t bad enough already, depression can complicate pain management and treatment. And, unfortunately, depression in people who suffer from chronic pain often is undiagnosed, which can lead to a whole host of other problems, including lack of energy, loss of appetite, sleep disturbances and a decrease in physical activity--only making the pain worse.
Take The First Step Towards Finding Relief
By taking an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to acute and chronic pain, Dr. Sniezek and the Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation Center team will help you find relief from your pain, helping you break free emotionally and physically. We offer a variety of treatment options, from chiropractic care to medical acupuncture and beyond. Request an appointment today!
Medication isn’t the only solution to pain management. If you suffer from chronic pain, Dr. David Sniezek of Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation in McClean, VA and Washington D.C. can help you find natural and effective pain relief.
What Is Integrative Pain Management?
Integrative pain management is a holistic approach that integrates several treatments and therapies to help patients live a healthy life. When a person suffers from any condition, there is always more to the story than what meets the eye. Integrative pain management takes a look at the complete story and addresses each part.
For example, chronic headaches can be caused by an injury, an unhealthy diet, stress, or several other factors. Treating the headache alone would mean treating the symptom – not the root cause. As such, any treatment would simply be a bandaid for the pain.
An integrative approach focuses on the causes and the symptoms. Therefore, an integrative treatment plan for headaches might include diet and lifestyle changes, chiropractic adjustments, massage, and stretches.
Facts to Know About Integrative Pain Management
If integrative pain management sounds like the answer for you, here are a few other facts to give you a better understanding.
It’s Highly Personalized
There is no set list of treatments that an integrative approach uses. Instead, each plan is personalized to the patient’s condition and needs.
Sometimes, plans need to be adjusted to find the “perfect” solution. If something doesn’t seem to help, let Dr. Sniezek know, so other treatments can be put into place.
It Might Involve Several Professionals
An integrative approach is truly integrative, meaning that all treatment will not necessarily come from one professional. For instance, you might need an oncologist, a behavioral therapist, and a chiropractor. All of these professionals work together to achieve the same goal – relieve your pain and help you live as healthily as possible.
Dr. Sniezek is educated and trained in multiple disciplines. He’s a medical doctor, chiropractor, and medical acupuncturist, so he is able to provide many different treatments himself. When additional specialists are needed, he’ll help you find the best ones to suit your needs.
It Takes the Focus Off of Medication
Integrative medicine aims to find natural ways to heal a body and provide pain relief. When possible, pharmaceuticals are not used. At times, a condition might require some form of medication, but the idea is that it should be temporary while natural methods are put into place. Over time, the need for medication should diminish.
For a natural and integrative approach to pain relief, call Dr. Sniezek at the Advanced Integrative Rehabilitation in Washington D.C at (202) 296-3555 or McLean, VA at (703) 506-8471.