Back Pain

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.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Your spine is made up of a complex network of bones, joints, and spinal discs that are held together by ligaments and muscles. Your spinal cord also holds the roots of nerves that spread across the rest of your body and allow for sensory function.

If any of these delicate components is stressed or injured, you experience back pain. You may also experience numbness, or tingling, or burning sensations if the damage includes your nerve roots.

Other than a direct injury that causes trauma to your back, back pain can develop from long-term wear-and-tear. In certain cases, an acute injury that hasn’t received proper medical attention and healed properly can develop into a chronic pain issue.

What causes back pain?

There are many causes for back pain, including:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Damaged ligaments
  • Pulled muscles
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis

Since your spinal cord is connected to so many parts of your body, back pain can also develop as a symptom of other underlying conditions like a kidney infection. If your back hurts, get evaluated at Vibrant Wellness Clinic because it’s important to understand the cause of your back pain so that you can receive the correct treatment.

How do you treat back pain?

Dr. Hosoda, uses cutting-edge diagnostic tools to understand the root cause of your back pain and conservative, holistic treatment approaches like physical therapy to restore muscle function and strengthen your back. 

Dr. Hosada can suggest a local chiropractor who uses gentle physical maneuvers to adjust your muscles and ligaments and restore spinal alignment and reduce your back pain. If your pain is so severe it prevents you from taking part in physical therapy, Dr. Hosoda prescribes medication to reduce it.

In some cases, when these approaches don’t provide enough relief, Dr. Hosoda can suggest various options for back surgery. These surgeries address the specific cause of your back pain and attempt to correct it.

There is also a wide range of implantable pain management devices like a spinal cord stimulator, which can help manage your back pain. 

To learn about other treatment options that can help your back pain, call the office, or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment and stop your suffering today.