Arthritis

Vibrant Wellness Clinic

Internal Medicine & Functional Medicine located in Enumclaw, WA

Obesity is a national health crisis with as many as 7 out of 10 adults in the US considered overweight or obese. Being overweight isn’t just a cosmetic issue; it causes a wide range of chronic, life-changing health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Dr. Emi K. Hosoda provides weight loss planning, functional medicine and holistic primary care in Enumclaw, WA. Dr. Hosoda serves Enumclaw, Maple Valley, Black Diamond, Buckley, South King County, Seattle and Seattle’s East side, Issaquah, Bellevue, and Pierce County. Dr. Hosoda has a nation-wide following and has patients who travel far and wide to seek her care.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is an umbrella term for a group of diseases that affect your joints. Patients with arthritis experience inflammation and swelling in their joints, which can result in reduced mobility and flexibility. 

Arthritis limits your ability to do daily activities and live a normal life, but you can manage your condition. With early and targeted treatments, you can also prevent early signs of arthritis from developing into a chronic and lifelong condition.

What are the different types of arthritis?

The different types of arthritis are:

Degenerative arthritis

Types of degenerative arthritis wear away the cushioning surface of your joints and cause unprotected bones to rub against each other. Over time, this friction causes inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and pain in the affected joint.

Inflammatory arthritis

Inflammatory types of arthritis happen when your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy joints and causes severe inflammation.

Infectious arthritis

Infectious arthritis is caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi that enter your joint and trigger an infection. Types of infectious arthritis are easily treated with antibiotics or other medications.

Metabolic arthritis

Metabolic, or gouty, arthritis affects your body when there’s a buildup of too much uric acid. The uric acid crystallizes in your joints and causes sudden, sharp pain. 

Each type of arthritis has unique symptoms, but most arthritis types cause joint pain with swelling and reduced movement. 

How do you treat arthritis?

Dr. Hosoda uses lifestyle changes that include physical therapy treatments to teach you exercises that are safe and beneficial to your condition. Dr. Hosoda may test for nutritional deficiencies and prescribe supplements accordingly. 

For patients with gouty and other metabolic types of arthritis, she provides dietary counseling to ensure you get a nutrient-rich, heart-healthy diet. For some cases of arthritis, she may use genetic testing to identify genes that can most favorably be altered with these lifestyle changes. 

For certain types of inflammatory arthritis, Dr. Hosoda may suggest immunosuppressive medication that prevents your immune system from mistakenly attacking your joints. She also prescribes anti-inflammatories and painkillers to help with pain. 

If your arthritis is advanced, Dr. Hosoda can discuss various surgical options to repair or replace damaged joints that aren’t responding to gentler approaches to your treatment. 

If you suffer from joint pain, Dr. Hosoda can diagnose your type of arthritis and prescribe appropriate treatments. Call the office, or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.