There are approximately 100 million people – in the United States alone – suffering with a chronic pain condition.
It’s a shocking figure, no matter how often you hear it. Over 100 million people (almost 1/3 of the population of the US) have a quality of life that is adversely affected by their pain, requiring extensive medical treatment, and hindering their ability to work, contribute, and function normally in society. The financial burden of pain on society ranges from $560 to $635 billion annually, and still, the success rate of treatment is abysmal.
IT’S TIME FOR A NEW APPROACH
On April 23rd, Dr. Gary Kaplan gave a free lecture to discuss how comprehensive and individualized treatment plans in treating chronic pain are absolutely essential if we are to see any measurable improvement in our recovery rates in this country. He discussed:
• The vital importance of ending the mismanagement of chronic pain by shifting the focus to treating the root cause of chronic pain – inflammation of the Central Nervous System – instead of the symptoms;
• The necessity of comprehensive patient histories charting potential emotional & physiological triggers of inflammation in the CNS throughout the life cycle;
• The inclusion of critical tests for chronic pain sufferers including Lyme disease, Chronic Epstein Barr virus, thyroid disorders, biotoxicity, and sleep evaluations;
• Treatment options that are proven to calm the inflammatory process; and,
• How patients should seek specialists in the field of pain management.
It’s time for our healthcare industry, from providers to insurance companies, to start thinking outside the box of conventional medicine, and consider a new approach, one that digs deeper beyond the symptoms, in devising a treatment plan that considers the “whole” person.
The featured video above is Part 1, titled “Chronic Pain vs. Major Depressive Disorder Defined”
Part 2: Current Treatments: Results of Treating Symptoms vs Disease
Part 3: Launching the Foundation for Total Recovery