At CIHP and the Karel Lewit Clinic, we treat patients using a three-pronged approach: evaluation, treatment, and education. How we approach each of these steps is what ultimately makes CIHP uniquely successful as a treatment and rehabilitative clinic.
With every patient, we begin with identifying the "why" behind his or her problem and/or pain. Our ability to assess the area of inflammation -- and importantly, what has caused the inflammation and the many possible variables that might be linked to that process -- is the cornerstone of our evaluative process, and a key point of distinction for CIHP. We make no assumptions, instead dealing with each case on its own. For example, if someone has a pain in the knee, and there has been no trauma to the knee, it is nearly impossible for the problem to be coming from the knee. Something above or below the knee is not working well and creating abnormal stress on the knee leading to inflammation, pain and eventual damage to the knee. To treat the knee without identifying “why” will produce temporary and partial results.
We will often find reasons for your problems that others have not.
We take a thorough history, but place emphasis on an observational and functional neuromusculoskeletal examination. Importantly, we do the exam first and blinded to your history. This way, we are not biased to your pain area, and will often find reasons for your problems that others have not.
At the Karel Lewit Clinic, our treatment is primarily done manually, through patient education and exercise. Our approach centers around impacting the nervous system first. The nervous system and your brain control how you move, and how you feel pain. If we can impact the nervous system, we can help many things. Secondly, we treat the muscle system. The muscle system has to have balance or there will be strain on your movements and your joints. Lastly, we sometimes have to treat the joints. We sometimes do this manually or assisted with acupuncture, laser and/or nutritional supplementation. Our manual therapy consists of using our hands to improve the nerve, muscle or joint function through very conservative and safe procedures.
Vital to our approach is patient education and self care. We want to help you with your problem, and importantly, teach you how to keep it from coming back. We will teach you about your pain, help you not be afraid of it, and teach you how to move to keep it from returning. Almost every case involving muscle or joint pain needs some level of strengthening exercise education. We will make sure you are doing the right exercises for your situation and your level of ability.