If you have ever faced a medical concern, it is likely you have sought some form of modern medical care. This type of medicine focuses on reducing or alleviating the severity of pain or a disease without necessarily eliminating the root cause or reaching a cure. Symptoms are often managed or controlled through the use of surgery, addictive narcotics, and harmful steroid injections.
On the other hand – integrative medicine, or functional medicine, is a type of practice that encompasses non-surgical alternatives for people living with chronic pain and degenerative conditions. This type of medicine is unique because it combines both traditional and functional care. Integrative medicine takes an approach to healing from the inside-out through following personalized treatment plans that are holistic in nature.
By viewing a patient as a “whole” person rather than defining them by their individual symptoms, integrative medicine practitioners are able to follow complementary modalities of care that promote therapeutic healing.
Integrative medicine can help those who have been told that undergoing surgical procedures or taking medications are their only alternatives to living a life free of pain and discomfort.
Common conditions that integrative medicine can treat are:
- Joint pain
- Degenerative joint disease (arthritis)
- Muscle pain
- Back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Carpal tunnel
According to the CDC, back pain is the number one diagnosis responsible for opioid prescriptions, and one of the top reasons for emergency room visits. Additionally, in 2020, nearly 92,000 people died from drug overdoses, with nearly 75% involving prescription or illicit opioids. At Midtown Medical Integration, these statistics are red flags for concern, and because we want to be a part of the solution and not the problem, we believe in challenging the status quo surrounding the delivery of conventional medical care.
By utilizing integrative medicine, patients can attain optimal wellness through alternative treatments they may not have previously considered. To start their journey to healing, patients typically visit with a team of integrative medicine experts and are asked to go over their medical history and motivating factors for seeking care. This includes discussing limitations and desired outcomes. Diagnostic imaging is performed concurrently, then, a personalized restorative care plan is created to improve patients’ quality of life.
One of the most important aspects of integrative medicine is that it focuses only on what a patient actually needs, using both evidence and experience, rather than following a standard “model of disease” based on symptoms. Health care professionals in this field of medicine include nurse practitioners, osteopathic doctors, chiropractors, and other accredited functional medicine specialists.
According to The Bravewell Collaborative, the number of patients seeking integrative medical care has grown significantly over the past 20 years. Additionally, as integrative medicine continues to expand, research shows this type of medical practice is paving the way for providing safe, natural treatments that prevent disease as well as help patients reach their wellness goals. In this type of practice, patients also report having higher levels of satisfaction than when compared to their experiences with conventional medicine.
At Midtown Medical Integration, we offer physiotherapy, ultrasound-guided injections for joint pain, trigger point injections, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, regenerative cellular tissue product injections, massage therapy, chiropractic care, body contouring and weight loss, and many other treatments to achieve optimal health and well-being.
For more information about integrative medicine, you can visit The ACIH Council of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. If you are interested in seeking integrative medical care in Lakeland, visit Midtown Medical Integration online.
About Midtown Medical Integration
At Midtown Medical Integration, our goal is to offer alternatives to addictive narcotics and joint replacement surgery. Our approach includes fully assessing our patients’ needs, determining their causes of pain and discomfort, and then collaborating together with our team of experts to offer holistic solutions that integrate rehabilitative and regenerative medicine.
Midtown Medical Integration is located at 1828 Florida Ave S., Lakeland, FL 33803. For more information, please contact (863) 913-1240, or visit http://mmilakeland.com/.