The New Lexicon of Healthcare: Terms for the 21st Century of Wellness
Weekend warriors dedicated to fitness for play and performance are beginning to see the signs of aging wear and tear. Osteoarthritis can cause pain to crucial areas like elbows, hips, knees and back. Advances in healthcare are giving new options and alternatives to surgery. This next generation of medicine is integrative bringing all medical modalities to patient care.
This holistic, alternative approach merges complementary and functional medicine bringing pharmaceutical, behavioral and nutritional aspects together to address the root cause of health issues. The result is allowing athletes to continue to do what they love longer without the long recovery time and a plethora of preventative measures.
With these new advancements comes a new language of medical health terminology. Here, I break it down and explain the new trends.
Integrative medicine brings together 4 principles in creating a unique medical approach:
- “Holistic”/ Comprehensive: everything in the body affects everything else. Nothing is separate or isolated.
- “Inclusive” /Integrative: invites the best medical practices worldwide with an emphasis on cultural norms or how each person was conditional. For example acupuncture might be a second choice treatment for an American individual but a first choice treatment for a Korean individual.
- Functional: looking for the origin of problems, treating causes not symptoms
- Complimentary/synergistic: Using treatments or techniques that are beneficial when used individually but are more beneficial used together. For example: Healthy diet + exercise + sleep produces better health than one or two of these alone.
Prolotherapy: A treatment technique used for chronic myofascial pain, back pain, osteoarthritis, or sports injury. It involves repeated injections of dextrose solution or other irritating substances into or around ligaments, tendon, or painful tissue in order to provoke a regenerative tissue response.
Translational medicine: Incorporates conventional medical recommendations, alternative remedies and new, research-based treatments to improve health and prevent disease. Employ practices of translational medicine to close the gap between discovery of new treatments and methodologies and their implementation in clinical practice.
Regenerative: Believe the body’s natural ability to heal coupled with the world’s best technologies is where non-surgical orthopedics really makes a difference in the health and lives of those in pain.