Integrative medicine is about trying to identify the root cause of the problem rather than just treating symptoms. The patient is viewed holistically and all aspects of the patient’s life are explored in order to identify any physical, psychological, social and spiritual factors that could be contributing to the person’s condition.
After a comprehensive assessment is carried out, the patient is given advice on how to promote healing and help the body cope better with the symptoms of chronic illness. Integrative medicine incorporates conventional, alternative and complementary therapeutic options to give the patient an evidence-based treatment plan that enhances and promotes the body’s natural ability to heal.
While acknowledging that certain medical conditions need pharmaceutical medications for appropriate management, The Pain Clinic tries to adopt a conservative approach, promoting natural therapies before opting for medications or surgical interventions.
Diet, exercise, sleep and stress management are important factors which affect pain levels and healing mechanisms and are the first to be addressed before any other form of treatment is suggested. For more severe cases, the controlled use of cannabinoids provides a safe and effective option to help ease pain and suffering while reducing inflammation and promoting healing.
New patients presenting with a complex chronic medical condition are allotted a 40minute slot for a comprehensive initial assessment. During this consultation, a detailed history is taken where various areas of the patient’s life are explored. Any blood of radiological investigations are reviewed and a plan of action is discussed with the patient.
Patients wishing to use medical cannabis for their condition are screened for any contraindications and advised on the safest and most effective approach. The recommendation of any medical cannabis preparation is strictly evidence-based and patients are advised to contact the clinic prior to setting an appointment. Patients under the care of other consultants wishing to use medical cannabis for their condition are kindly asked to provide a referral letter or consent form when making an appointment.