Functional Medicine spurs lifestyle changes that target source of pain
More physicians now believe that true lifestyle modification can play a major role in the management of chronic pain because it can help address underlying causes. This promising approach to pain treatment is the impetus behind collaboration between Cleveland Clinic’s Pain Management Department physicians and specialists from its Center for Functional Medicine. They work together in caring for patients with conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, back pain, sciatic pain and osteoarthritis.
This collaboration brings the two specialties together in helping patients to make changes that can improve their daily functioning and quality of life and enhance the effectiveness of other pain treatment modalities. In some cases, the lifestyle changes are so successful that they can eliminate the need for other pain treatment modalities altogether.