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In Germany, a new Pain Initiative has been developed with respect to treating chronic pain. Pain is a multi-dimensional condition that requires the involvement of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. The guide that was developed, by the CHANGE PAIN Advisory Board, called “Towards a multidisciplinary team approach in pain management” provides guidance for healthcare professionals on how to set up a multidisciplinary team. The guide is endorsed by the European Federation of IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain). According to the IASP guidelines, the team should include at least 2 physicians from 2 medical specialties and a clinical psychologist if one of the physicians is not a psychiatrist. A pre-condition for a successful multidisciplinary team approach is clear referral pathways for primary care physicians. The primary care physician plays a large role in the treatment of the chronic pain patient.
The protocol is known as “CHANGE PAIN” and the guide is found here.
NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant travelled to Germany twice during the off season to seek treatments for his chronic pain in his knee and ankle. A new type of treatment has been developed for pain management. Bryant visited Dr. Peter Wehling, a molecular orthopedist in Dusseldorf for a new type of blood treatment. Dr. Wehling is the founder of the Centre for Molecular Orthopedics in Dusseldorf. He developed a gene test to genetically screen patients to personalize their treatment and claims to have achieved a 90 percent success rate.
The therapy is called “Regenokine Therapy”, and it involves removing a small amount of blood from a patient. Natural anti-inflammatory and pain inhibiting proteins are harvested from the blood, processed, and then injected back into the affected part of the body. Dr. Wehling calls the proteins the “body’s own medicine” and claims they can “stop inflammation of joints and nerve roots, regenerate joint cartilage and accelerate healing of fractures.” The therapy is not available in North America.
Bryant visited Wehling last summer to get treatment for his arthritic right knee. Bryant’s knee has troubled him for several years and he’s had three knee surgeries. The Lakers star returned to Dusseldorf in October to get his ankle treated.
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