Creek Stone Is Now Medically Integrated - So What Does That Mean Exactly?
How is Creek Stone Integrated Medical in an even better position to help you with health concerns?
We have gone to great lengths to set ourselves apart in healthcare. As a result, we have recently medically integrated. Of course, we know exactly what that means. But what does that mean to someone on the outside of healthcare looking in? That is what we're covering in today's article.
Let's define Integrative Medicine.
Integrative medicine is a system of medicine that seeks to use the best treatments for any given ailment. In this way, it is an inclusive approach to health and healing founded on the belief that the best medicine is the one that works. It does not discriminate against treatments or techniques based on their origins.
This begs the question, however, how do we know what is the best treatment option. Sometimes it's trial and error. Sometimes we sort it out based on the patient's feedback. Sometimes we determine the best treatment based on guidelines from national associations. But typically, it comes down to the education and experience of the providers who keep at the top of mind "FIRST, DO NO HARM."
For that reason, we combine national guidelines, the latest research findings, standard medical care, and the best of what has been traditionally labeled as alternative care. Although I have to say, chiropractic, massage, exercise, and acupuncture have moved from being thought of as 'alternative' toward being considered more and more in the mainstream in just the last 5-10 years.
Let me give you one of the most recent examples of why an integrated medical clinic provides benefits over standard medical care. I recently had a patient come in after visiting a pain management clinic. She was having some sensation of numbness in both of her hands. Her primary referred her to a neurologist. The neurologist did a nerve conduction velocity test on her to check for carpal tunnel syndrome. That's a pretty rough test. They basically stick needles in you and run an electrical current through them to check how the signal goes down a body part.
It was negative for carpal tunnel. As a result, my patient was sent over to pain management. At pain management, suspecting the culprit to be a disc bulge or herniation, they put her on gabapentin and will send her for an MRI. They told my patient that if the MRI comes back and there's a bulged disc, they'll shoot it with cortisone.
As a second opinion, my patient came to see me.
I tested her for neurological deficits but her muscle strength was equal. I tested sensation but it was equal from side to side. I tester her reflexes which were even so it's not really acting like a disc. I do orthopedic tests trying to sniff out the disc. Out of all disc tests we performed, not one behaved like a disc. Continuing the hunt, we performed neurodynamic stretching that would irritate an irritated nerve root. None of that bothered her.
The early consensus is that this IS NOT A DISC ISSUE that is causing her numbness.
Then I test for THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME (TOS) and low and behold, TOS testing was positive. TOS can be very easily treated and here's how:
- Spinal Manipulation may provide some benefit
- Very targeted, TOS specific exercises help
- Massage therapy can help
- Trigger point injections can help
- Muscle relaxers may help
The whole point of my example is that my patient had to visit 3 different clinics and went through some significant testing and discomfort to come up with no answers. Whereas one visit to an integrated clinic like Creek Stone saved her time, saved her money, and saved her from having to undergo further very unpleasant, unnecessary, and expensive treatment.
There is a sincere advantage when you house medical providers, chiropractic providers, exercise specialists, acupuncture providers, and massage providers all in the same facility.
The standard medical approach to pain and/or illness for generations has been reactionary. That means that a patient develops pain or a complaint. It is then at that time that the provider finds out about it and takes steps to treat the condition. More and more, the concept of wellness or preventative medicine is taking a step forward.
Insurance companies still aren't there yet but more and more providers are realizing that taking steps to prevent illness or pain from ever beginning in the first place is less expensive for the patient and much safer for the patient. Certainly when you consider the patient can potentially avoid invasive and unnecessary procedures many times.
The very word 'integrated' sets the stage. It is defined as "with various parts or aspects linked or coordinated"
Here at Creek Stone Integrated Medical, our providers are linked and coordinated with one focus; getting our patients out of pain as quickly, as non-invasively, and as inexpensively as possible by using every appropriate and responsible tool at our disposal with the overriding concept of 'first, do no harm."
That's what integrated medicine is and that's exactly what Creek Stone Integrated Medical is.
Call us if we can help you at 806-355-3000
Dr. Jeff Williams, DC, FIANM is double Board Certified as a Fellow in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Orthopedics as well as a Fellow in Chiropractic Forensics, and chiropractor in Amarillo, TX. As an Amarillo chiropractor, Dr. Williams treats chronic pain, disc pain, low back pain, neck pain, whiplash injuries, and more. Dr. Williams is also the host of The Chiropractic Forward Podcast (https://www.chiropracticforward.com). Through the podcast, Dr. Williams teaches fellow chiropractors and advocates weekly for evidence-based, patient-centered practice through current and relevant research. If you have any questions for Dr. Williams, feel free to email at [email protected] Learn more about Dr. Williams and his practice at https://www.amarillochiropractor.com.
Dr. Williams was voted Best Chiropractor In Amarillo in the Best of Amarillo 2020. Dr. Williams's full-time Amarillo chiropractic practice is Creek Stone Integrated Care at 3501 SW 45th St., Ste. T, Amarillo, TX 79109. If you are searching for a chiropractor near me, Dr. Williams is your Amarillo Chiropractor.
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