Functional Medicine for Back and Joint Pain

Functional Medicine for Back and Joint Pain: A Whole Body Approach to Finding Relief

Back and joint pain are common issues among many men and women. Dealing with chronic pain affects your daily life and overall health and wellness. Using functional medicine for back and joint pain can help uncover the root cause of the pain and work toward recovery. 

What Is Functional Medicine?

A functional medicine approach to healthcare is a whole-body approach to finding relief from chronic health issues. This means physicians focus on helping you heal from the inside out rather than treating only the symptoms. Physicians spend time listening to your medical history, current lifestyle, and symptoms. Functional medicine is a patient-centered approach to healthcare that focuses on the holistic health of each body system so you can achieve optimal wellness.

Causes Of Back Pain and Joint Pain

Back and joint pain are common in many people. Whether you’re working a laborious job or sitting at a desk, you can experience pain in your back or joints. There are several areas of the spine and back that work together to promote proper alignment and function. If one of these areas is out of place, you can experience back pain. Sprains, strains, or fractures are common causes of back pain in many people. A few other reasons you may experience pain in the back include:

  • Ruptured disc
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Obesity 
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Infections 
  • Stenosis – narrowing of the spine
  • Inflammatory arthritis 

Chronic back pain can cause uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms like stiffness, numbness, tingling, and pain when sitting or standing. More severe cases can experience fever, constipation, weight loss, or incontinence. A functional medicine doctor can help determine the cause of your back pain through testing and a physical exam. 

Joint Pain

The body has many joints that are essential for movement. They connect the parts of the skeletal system and promote different types of movement in the body. A common cause of joint pain is inflammation, often because of arthritis or injury. Other causes include:

  • Viral infection
  • Disease
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Gout 
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Obesity 
  • Autoimmune conditions

Joint pain can prevent you from doing the things you love. Tenderness, stiffness, weakness, and limited movement often accompany joint pain. 

How Can Functional Medicine Help Back and Joint Pain?

Research shows functional medicine can help patients recover from back and joint pain, primarily related to arthritis. Weight gain, medications, and autoimmune conditions are a few issues that contribute to inflammation, causing back and joint pain. Functional medicine takes time to address the issues surrounding pain in the back and joints to treat the source and promote recovery. 

Functional medicine doctors approach each case of pain differently and customize a unique treatment plan based on the patient’s needs. Treatments often include an inflammatory diet plan, weight loss if necessary, stress management and meditation techniques, dietary supplements, and restorative exercises. 

Contact Us For Treatment Today

The team at True You Health and Wellness can help you recover from back and joint pain. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hoff, so he can customize a treatment plan to help you recover.

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