When it comes to addressing pain, there’s only one goal: relief.
And to find that relief, Dr. A. Tony Chami, Medical Director at the Chicagoland Advanced Pain Specialists, said a team may need to be assembled that includes a holistic health specialist, physical or psychological therapists, and advanced systemic or surgical healthcare professionals.
“In a multidisciplinary approach, your healthcare team tailors individualized plans based on evaluations from multiple perspectives,” Chami said. “Medical studies show (this approach) can yield improved results in pain care.”
The team method begins with the patient’s primary or family physician, though any member of the team can initiate it.
“Your primary physician knows your health history most intimately and should be your first stop for relief of incidental pain problems,” Chami said.
“When applied as a discipline, you see a change in the way your primary care physician follows your treatment,” Chami said. “You’ll still get a prescription for a visit to the specialist. However, instead of learning results of his referral at your next visit, you’ll find your doctor actively engaged in the specialist’s perspective, communicating with your team more regularly and knowledgeable about the results of specialized evaluations well in advance of your next visit.”
Some of those benefits include improved coordination of medication and holistic therapies, minimally invasive procedures that can improve physical therapy performance, improved surgical outcomes that last for longer periods, faster return to work and activities of daily living, less time spent communicating between medical specialists, and fewer medical errors as a result of better communication between specialists.
“While pain may be a reality, effective pain management doesn’t have to be a fantasy,” Chami said. “The multi-disciplinary approach is gaining in popularity and the primary philosophy at Chicagoland Advanced Pain Specialists.”