In this session we will provide an introduction and interactive discussion pertaining to the functional medicine approach to patient care. Functional medicine is based on a systems-based and personalized approach to health. We will provide an overview of the concepts of the systems based matrix, as well as provide a platform for discussion and audience participation in case discussion. This session will demonstrate how a physiatrist in any practice setting can begin to move beyond the acute care and disease-based model of patient care and effectively restore the health and improve the outcomes of their patients. We will present common environmental, lifestyle, and potential genetic conditions seen in our patient population and introduce a simple algorithm and approach to begin applying this personalized approach to patients in order to optimize their response to treatment, whether it be general pain, specific sports related injury, wellness for cancer prevention, nervous system health, etc.‚ This panel will provide a platform for discussion of various cases, the best approaches using a functional medicine model and common practical applications that physicians can add to their daily practices the very next day in the office.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the functional medicine model and its application in our patient settings.
  • Understand how the different systems work together and common disruptors in our patient population that should be addressed in addition to chief complaint.
  • Learn several practical tests and interventions that can be implemented in practice to promote patient well-being and optimize response to treatment.