Our Treatment Approach
Multidisciplinary Method of Diagnosis
You’ve often heard about the wisdom of getting a second opinion. At Advantage HCS, you get a third and a fourth opinion. That’s because our method of diagnosis is multidisciplinary — a team of physicians, therapists, and counselors, each with different and specialized skills, evaluates your condition. Together, the team decides on your appropriate course of treatment and rehabilitation, which may call for a combination of therapies.
Our Philosophy of Treatment
Our philosophy of treatment is conservative — which means finding a nonsurgical solution, if possible. Simply stated, here’s how we’ll approach your care:
- Find the cause and strive to stop your pain
- Stabilize the condition and plan your treatment
- Correct the problem by using modern techniques and ideally without drugs or surgery
- Rehabilitate to maximum medical improvement and then condition you to prevent recurrence
- Return you to work or activities safely and in the shortest time possible
Unless your physician refers you to the Advantage Healthcare Systems to undergo a specific procedure or a series of procedures, you will be scheduled to undergo a comprehensive evaluation. During this evaluation, a member of the multidisciplinary team will conduct a full physical and psychological assessment of your condition, including a review of your medical records, imaging studies, and diagnostic studies. In some cases, supplemental diagnostic tests may be necessary to further pinpoint the cause of your pain. We will, however, avoid unnecessary duplication of tests wherever possible. Once the evaluations have been completed, the team of specialists will develop an individualized treatment plan that offers you the greatest potential benefits.
Individualized Treatment Plan
The treatment plan developed by the Advantage Healthcare Systems team will be specially tailored to meet your condition and degree of pain, your needs, and your personal objectives. Your treatment plan may include a single approach or be a combination of different types of therapies: medical therapies, including both medications and special procedures; psychological therapies; and rehabilitation therapies. A brief overview of these different therapies follows.