When it comes to pain, there are a variety of treatment approaches that don’t always add up to the prescription of opioids. At his new clinic, Cutting Edge Integrative Pain Centers, Dr. Orlando Landrum, MD, MBA’16, focuses on taking a deeper look at a patient’s concerns, goals and lifestyle before offering a variety of non-traditional treatments in place of – or in addition to – medication.
“One of my patients had so much ankle pain following a vascular procedure that she couldn’t do her job as a dental hygienist,” Landrum explained. “She didn’t benefit from conventional pain treatment, so we tried an integrative approach using dorsal-root spinal cord stimulation. This treatment reduced her opioids by more than 70 percent, and she returned to work.”
Before he opened his clinic in northern Indiana, Dr. Landrum was the only pain physician in a 40-member medical group that regularly debated how to better manage pain.
“We went back and forth about what should be done and couldn’t agree as physicians,” he said.
Dr. Landrum wanted to provide more options to patients – more technology and alternatives like yoga – but he found that administration resisted this path due to financial reasons.
“I asked leadership to explain to me why, but I was told that the problem might be too complex for me to understand,” remembered Dr. Landrum. “I’m typically persistent enough to learn something new, so I realized if they weren’t willing to teach me, I’d have to learn on my own. I’d recently received a flyer from the Kelley School of Business and decided to check out the Physician MBA Program.”
Dr. Landrum enrolled in the program expecting to gain a better grasp of finance and accounting.