Dr. Inouye serves as a Clinical Supervisor for pain management shifts at the Pain Relief Center (PRC) at his alma mater, the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe. In this role, he supervises students interested in pursuing pain management as an integral part of their practice. At the PRC, patients with complaints of pain are evaluated and treated. Dr. Inouye oversees the intake, evaluation and administration of treatment.
“It gives me so much pleasure to assist these students as they begin their transformation from pupil to doctor,” Dr. Inouye said. “I am also glad to have the opportunity to give back to the school that helped me enter such a rewarding field of medicine.”
Dr. Inouye also offers naturopathic physicians a series of seminars developed after many years of research and experience in pain management called, “The Comprehensive Approach to Pain Management,” in which he addresses both, structural and functional issues, the health status of the patient, as well as the nutritional and possible emotional influences surrounding pain conditions.
Due to his personal experience with bouts of extreme pain as a young man, Dr. Inouye knows firsthand how his patients feel when they come in with complaints about pain and seeking a solution. Dr. Inouye often has become a last resort for many first-time patients – some have gone to such lengths to seek relief that they come to him from out of state. After this first visit, Dr. Inouye often transforms from the last resort to the go-to physician.
One testimonial that can be found on his website is from a young dancer from Texas who had been struggling with an ankle injury for months, which was caused by over-stretched ligaments causing a “wobbling,” sensation. The injury brought on other detrimental side-effects, including the overcompensation of other ligaments, tendons and muscles. After months of physical therapy and essentially, “doing everything right,” she was told that surgery was her only option. Following a recommendation from Inouye’s son – who is a professional dancer and choreographer – the dancer sought out Dr. Inouye for help. He recommended prolotherapy and PRP (platelet-rich plasma). After only four weeks, the dancer attended a follow-up appointment with her orthopedic physician. He had previously rated her ankle a two on a scale of zero-three (three being the worst). At this appointment, she was given a zero-one rating.
“I am 100 percent certain we would be making plans for surgery today if not for [Dr. Inouye]. Plus, besides being an amazing doctor who takes time to explain procedures thoroughly and give advice on maintaining a healthy body, especially for dancers, [Dr. Inouye] is also a wonderful, generous, kind-hearted and caring person,” the dancer’s mother raved about Dr. Inouye’s treatment.
Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine, shared a testimonial on Blabbermouth.net which includes Dr. Inouye’s help in restoring function of Mustaine’s arm after an injury he sustained. He explained that during his rehabilitation, he fell asleep in a chair at a hospital with his arm over the back of the chair, which resulted in the circulation to his radial ulnar nerve to be compressed – a condition referred to as “Saturday Night Palsy.”
“The doctor in Texas said that I was probably not going to be able to use my arm any more than 80 percent, ‘if I was lucky’. And he also said I ‘would probably not play again,’” Mustaine stated.
Adamant about restoring the full function and feeling of his arm, he sought help from his doctor in Scottsdale, Raj Smith. Upon evaluation, Mustaine received physical therapy from Nathan Koch at the Spire Institute, acupuncture from Dr. Vance Inouye and chiropractic adjustments from Dr. William Tikey, as well as some weight training.
After a few months of intense and incredibly painful rehabilitation of his arm, Mustaine received news of a ‘full recovery,’ from Dr. Singh for which Mustaine went back to re-learn his craft of playing the guitar again.
Dr. Inouye gladly interfaces with conventional medical doctors whenever necessary offering his expertise in naturopathic treatments and therapies. He truly enjoys what he does and holds the gratification of his clients close.
“I am able to truly help people with their health concerns, going to the root of their problems rather than just treating their symptoms,” a statement that can be reflected in Dr. Inouye’s work as a naturopathic physician. Naturopathic medicine is emphasized as a whole system’s approach – “where an individual’s health is viewed as a sum of their total parts versus a symptom of their disease” – where all aspects of health such as physical, mental and emotional factors are addressed in helping the body recover and restore proper function.