This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
BE HEALTH │ NUTRITION Personalized Treatments


Targeting Pain Relief


Functional Medicine is one field of analysis in which a lab uses biochemical individuality of each patient to for testing and treatment. Each person is chemically different which is why different patients react differently to the same drug.


How do doctors and other muscular specialists personalize treatment of musculo-skeletal issues specific for the needs of the patient?


For example a patient with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can seek care from a conventional Gastroenterologist and undergo the current standard of care. I.e., test such as blood work to look for pathogens and cell counts, antibiotics to kill gut infections and surgery once the gut is bad enough to be removed. Colonoscopies are standard to look at the end of the GI lining.


“Surgery and drugs continue to be the standard of care.”


The very first thing all providers do for pain is take a history and perform an examination. The information obtained from these two items will give each provider the same information. So, whether the provider is a Medical Doctor, Chiropractic Doctor, Dentist, Doctor of Podiatry, Athletic Trainer, or Physical Therapist the information obtained will be similar as will be the diagnosis.


Where the difference lies is what kind of treatment will be recommended. Treatment varies not only by the type of symptoms the patient presents with but the type of provider and training of each provider. Within a specific field for example, the same type of provider can have different training and therefore recommend different treatment modes. For example within the Chiropractic field the education of two doctors can vary depending on the school he or she attended, techniques studied and the desires of the doctor. Same goes for the dental, medical, physical therapy and podiatric fields.


This may sound confusing and a bit nonprofessional but it really is not. All doctors within the same fields must pass the same National Board exams, conduct the same peer reviewed work and their scope of practice is determined by a state board. So, Doctor A may be good at treatment A and recommend it for a condition. Doctor B may be good and treatment B and recommend it for a condition. It does not mean one treatment is , it means there is simply more than one way to treat the condition.


Good news, there are technologies used by many providers today which help him or her adjust the recommended treatment to be very specific for the patients needs rather than what the doctor likes to use or was taught in school.


A doctor whom uses Functional Medicine looks at IBS as a loss of function of the gut and seeks to restore it. Standard test would be a diagnostic stool analysis to examine gut flora for both good and bad bacteria. Blood work for food allergy or food sensitivity. Treatment consists of clearance of undigested material inflaming the gut lining via colonics, high fiber supplements and fasting. This would be followed by supplementation of enzymes, probiotics and vitamins and minerals to restore normal gut flora, rest the gut wall and a restoration of normal gut function. As you can see the functional method concentrates on normal function rather than the treatment of pathogens and symptoms.


Pain is the number one reason people seek care from providers. There are therefore many types of providers whom specialize in pain treatment. Many are using advances in technology to diagnose the pain generators and treat it very specifically.


By Dr. Stephen M. Erle, DC, CSCS.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121