More than 70,000 Americans died from illicit and prescription drug overdoses in 2017. Functional and integrative medicine is uniquely positioned to support a shift toward a more comprehensive, patient-centered and evidence-based approach to chronic pain patients. Until now, nutritional therapies for chronic pain conditions have been largely overlooked.
Physicians may be surprised at the weight of evidence supporting nutritional therapies for pain conditions. Recent studies reveal physicians' desire to increase their knowledge on this subject. There is also a need for greater exposure to supporting research utilizing nutritional therapies for chronic pain. Using the NutrEval Profile we can better identify those individuals who may benefit from targeted nutrient repletion.
- Understand how specific nutrients can benefit common pain conditions
- Discover how preemptive nutrient assessments and the repletion of nutrient deficiencies can protect at-risk patients from future pain conditions
- Review current medical research regarding the impact of specific nutrients improving pain and/or augmenting established pain relief strategies
Elizabeth Board, MD
Elizabeth Board, MD is a board certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine physician who currently practices non-narcotic pain management, acupuncture, and Functional Medicine fulltime. She was the second MD to be certified by the Institute for Functional Medicine in Georgia and is a frequent facilitator and mentor for IFM. Dr. Board has extensive teaching experience including prior faculty positions at Emory University School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine in California. For the second year, she is teaching military physicians through the Department of Defense and IFM. She is the founder of Atlanta Functional Medicine, a clinic in Alpharetta, Georgia where she collaborates with a group of talented functional medicine practitioners to seek the root cause of chronic disease and dysfunction and create personalized treatment plans for a variety of health concerns.