Taking Charge of Your Health

Robert Bonakdar, MD>>
I’ve been interested in global approaches to health
for many years, before getting into
medical school, due to my travels
around the world and realizing that there’s
many approaches to optimal health and one way to really
bring that to patients is to try to incorporate it in where they are
currently getting their care and Scripps seemed
to be a great environment and very open to utilizing
all aspects of integrative approaches
to optimize care, in addition to
conventional care, and so that’s why
I’ve been at Scripps since 2001 Our practice
tends to be different than a number of other practices that incorporate integrative care,
or complementary care, in that we are housed within
the larger Scripps system and I think that has
a lot of advantages because it allows
me and my team to know exactly what a patient
is incorporating already, from a conventional standpoint,
so I can help optimize that with use of things like exercise, mind-body therapies,
acupuncture, etc. And it really creates a full,
integrative system, as opposed to
more fragmented care that might happen if a patient
is going to multiple providers and multiple private
and large systems. So it really helps to make the
care efficient and optimal. I think it’s very important
to approach pain from an integrative standpoint because we are
at the forefront of trying to figure out,
really as a nation, how to optimally
treat pain. For many decades really, we’ve had a procedureally heavy
and medication heavy approach, which for some has been
completely appropriate, but for many who have
more chronic pain, as well as pain
that’s really complicated by things like depression, insomnia, fatigue
and other chronic diseases, it’s really important
to really understand how we can use
the larger toolbox to help that very specific
type of chronic pain. The most important way
I collaborate with other clinicians [music begins] is when a patient
comes in with a very complex case, so they may be presenting with,
let’s say, a headache, but in other cases, aspects of their care
may be complicated with things like depression, insomnia, respiratory problems,
cardiac problems, and it’s very
comforting for me to be able to contact
those providers and make sure
those other areas are efficiently
and confidently being treated so that when a patient
comes to me, we can make sure that we’re not just
dealing with one silo, that we’re really treating
the whole patient. [music ends]

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