According to the American Pain Society, somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. These include athletes, those who have suffered from accidents and disease, the aging, and those that pain management expert Dr. Moshe Lewis has dubbed “the working wounded.”
With a lengthy list of degrees backing up his medical knowledge, Dr. Lewis became interested in the field of pain management after his mother suffered a stroke. Since then he has been exploring the field of alternative and traditional medicine.
With a philosophy similar to that of Dr. Oz, Dr. Lewis says that no two patients’ treatment plans are exactly alike, even if they seem to be suffering from similar pain symptoms.
To better treat patients, Dr. Lewis offers an extensive variety of alternative and traditional treatment therapies. As he says, it’s not only something he believes in, it’s something he actually weaves into his practice.
The first stage of his “three-part start” approach is diagnosis involving an X-ray and MRI to determine whether the pain is skeletal or muscular. Dr. Lewis will then offer topical pain relief aids like gels and patches before prescribing physical therapy. All this is an effort to avoid patients getting unnecessary pills and surgery, which can have complications that alternative treatment methods do not.
Some of Dr. Lewis’ favorite alternative therapies include acupuncture and osteopathy. Acupuncture may not appeal to needle-phobes, but many chronic pain sufferers, including those with back pain, have found the ancient remedy to be quite successful. In Dr. Lewis’ eyes, one of the benefits of acupuncture, and alternative treatments in general, is that if it doesn’t work for a patient, you can move on to another treatment without having caused further damage to the condition.
Osteopathy is what Dr. Lewis describes as a “science-based massage.” A patient may undergo osteopathy and receive other treatments at the same time.
Until the day when pain management becomes entirely integrated, prevention of injuries is important. Tried-and-true techniques of lifting, such as getting into a squat position to use the strength of the legs rather than the back, can help prevent sports and on-the-job injuries for people who regularly perform arduous tasks. For those who work at their desk or drive around day in and day out, be sure not to sit or stand too long.
Like Dr. Oz, Dr. Lewis sees the future of medicine beginning to embrace both Eastern and Western philosophies with regard to patient treatment. As more patients begin to explore alternatives to surgery and pill-popping, more physicians are beginning to listen and explore options with their patients as well.
“Pain medicine is becoming more and more a combination of the old and new. Combining new formulas for drug patches and gels with techniques that are, in some cases, centuries old, are going to be the way doctors treat patients in the future.”
Dr. Moshe Lewis is an expert in pain management and can be found at Moshelewismd.com.