HEALTH NOW: Physical Medicine is a New Term You Hear These Days. What Is It?

Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 7:34 pm

In today’s world you have many choices when it comes to your health and health care. Wellness, preventative, restorative, urgent, acute and emergency care are terms tossed about and may be confusing at times. There is one type of care that has evolved that many people are gravitating towards and is helping them function and feel better. Physical Medicine is a term you will hear about and use more often. But what is it?

Physical Medicine is a term used to describe treatments that are safe, effective and affordable to help people regain, retain and optimize their health and function. It is a combination of treatments that are integrated meaning working together in a coordinated fashion to get the best results faster and safer. These treatments can include:

  • chiropractic care
  • acupuncture
  • massage
  • physical therapy
  • decompression
  • trigger point injections
  • joint injections
  • non-surgical joint and spine procedures such as:
  • Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Stem Cell injections
  • lab work
  • nutritional programs
  • weight loss
  • herbs and supplements
  • purification programs.

Some clinics even include bio-identical hormone treatments for men and women and genetic testing.

People who use physical medicine procedures include people with:

back pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, upper and lower extremity pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, weakness and fatigue. Other people have difficulty sleeping, have reduced mental clarity, experience mood changes, weight gain, and general muscle and joint pain.

Physical medicine identifies the cause of the problem and provides treatment to help in the short term to relieve symptoms and in the long-term to prevent recurrences. Physical medicine uses treatments that have been shown to be safe and effective and since the treatment targets causation the overall cost is less and makes it affordable.

Another side benefit of this type of treatment is that since it is designed to improve the form and function of the body and this directly affects the nervous system, which controls and coordinates all body functions, this can result in a positive effect on non-musculoskeletal conditions such as digestion, elimination, immune and respiratory function and even reproductive function.

Everyone can benefit from Physical Medicine either to help with current problems or to prevent future ones.

Guest columnist Dr. Dennis Buckley has practiced chiropractic in the San Gabriel Valley for the past 16 years. He specializes in sports related injuries, rehabilitation, and prevention. He also has an expertise in workplace wellness and personal wellness programs. Dr. Buckley is on staff at Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena at 1450 N. Lake Avenue. For more information, call him at (626) 991-8877 or visit


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