When you think of pain management, what comes to mind? Maybe an endless sea of prescription drugs that usually entail harmful or even deadly side effects; or a comprehensive and invasive surgery, which for most people is a scary thing to think about.
Dr. Moshe Lewis is an expert and medical specialist in the field of pain management and rehab. As an agent of constant change, Dr. Lewis systematically pieces together ways of integrating medical disciplines. Some include acupuncture, osteopathy, physical therapy, chiropracty and psychotherapy, all with a goal of utilizing noninvasive techniques to increase recovery time for patients with habitual pain and discomfort. Pushing the boundaries is where Dr. Lewis feels most comfortable. “The pain doctor of today and most certainly tomorrow is going to combine the best of the East and West,” said Dr. Lewis. On an individual basis, selecting the appropriate combination of techniques is critical to help relieve or stop a patient’s pain. “I am constantly trying to select novelty therapies some of which are old and some of which are brand new.”
Dr. Lewis works with a variety of patients ranging from professional athletes who have strained muscles or tears, to the elderly, who over years develop joint, bone or other age related chronic pain. To define chronic pain in terms of time, "it lasts for 90 days or more,” said Dr. Lewis. In terms of options used, each patient’s treatment is different. “It is a customized blend of treatments,” said Dr. Lewis. Using a wide array of techniques like pain patches, occupational therapy, joint injections and cognitive therapy, can help to limit the cost to the patient and can be less invasive than a surgery. Also, the constant use of potentially addictive medication is reduced with the multimodality approach.
“As soon as a patient walks in we start the integration process,considering alternative approaches meaning, if after four or five acupuncture sessions the process ceases to help or the patient can’t tolerate it, then we make a detour and try different modalities, like physical therapy, yoga or pilates,” said Dr. Lewis.
Another positive aspect of the integrated medicine strategy is that it can save patients a lot of time spent at the doctor’s office. For instance, athletes can be taught certain stretching and warm up techniques to help prevent further injuries. One of the fascinating components of Dr. Lewis practice is that he has seamlessly integrated social media to help his patients prevent long-term damage to muscles, bones and other body parts, which can result in chronic pain. Patients and anyone who are interested can read blogs, watch YouTube shows and/or follow Dr. Lewis on his Facebook and Twitter to get constant reminders and tips on how to remain active while combating chronic pain. Many of these tips come from and include current patients. Not many doctors use this platform quite like Dr. Lewis. “I use social media to get my advice and messages across to my patients, but is also has a far broader reach than just my practice,” concludes Dr. Lewis.
As healthcare costs skyrocket and people have less time to visit the doctor’s office, many will rely heavily on the game-changers, like Dr. Lewis. Using the integrative process to help individuals overcome pain is much like navigating the pathways of a labyrinth. There can be numerous options when using integrative medicine. Like Albert Einstein once said “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.” With proper guidance patients can master the maze of pain and its treatments.