What is functional medicine?
The art of functional medicine involves looking at a patient as a whole person. This basically allows a practitioner to evaluate a focal problem and create a list of several different issues that can lead to that specific problem. A good example is the patient with knee pain. A conventional practitioner will focus mainly on the knee, examining the knee and even imaging the knee to focus on what pathology might be present within the joint. However, a functional medicine practitioner will evaluate the lumbar spine, hips, ankles and feet, as well as the knee, to see if there is an issue elsewhere that is causing secondary knee pain. Quite often, altered biomechanics from one small problem can lead to a domino effect of symptoms, which can be very difficult to diagnose if your provider is not thinking from a global perspective.
Why should I see a functional medicine provider?
Functional medicine providers are some of the most advanced thought leaders in all of medicine. In having the ability to look at the bigger picture, more accurate diagnoses are made and a more wide variety of treatment options can be pursued.
What does Spine & Joint Solutions offer?
At Spine & Joint Solutions, Dr. Martin practices functional medicine on a daily basis. She understands the mechanics of the human body and how each part of the body interacts with other parts of the body, as well as how everything within the body is truly connected. At your evaluation with Dr. Martin, you will have the opportunity to describe your symptoms and how these symptoms have affected your life and activity level. Dr. Martin will then provide you with a detailed description of what your diagnoses may involve, as well as multiple treatment options, depending on how serious your pathology might be. Dr. Martin can speak about medications, both prescription and supplemental, as well as speak to multiple different types of rehabilitation and therapy. In addition, she can give more advanced treatment options, such as steroid injections versus regenerative medicine therapy.
For a truly unique medical experience, consider a functional medicine provider. You will certainly notice the difference.