Hi, this is dr bell, and in this video series, we're going to talk today about solutions to back pain and disc-related arthritis conditions.

Are you being told your labs are “normal,” but you don’t FEEL normal?

Diagnostic testing has a huge role in both traditional and functional medicine. However, some individuals can be tested in a traditional lab and get normal results – even if they’re still feeling symptoms. This can leave people incredibly frustrated and at a loss for where to go next. Functional medicine takes a different approach to diagnostic testing by broadening the scope of results. Simply put – just because your body is operating “normally” does not mean it’s operating optimally. 

Traditional vs. Functional Blood Chemistry 

In functional medicine, we dig into how we can balance blood chemistry to improve overall patient health. Many of our potential patients are told their labs were normal in a traditional blood chemistry panel – but they’re still suffering from a condition. These symptoms can range anywhere from brain fog and headaches to back pain, numbness, tingling, etc. 

A traditional blood chemistry has one range. If your results are inside of the “normal” range, you’re healthy. If your results are outside of the “normal” range, then you are sick – regardless of what you are really feeling. 

In functional blood chemistry, we use those same lab values –  but we also get a report back that tells us what the patient’s functional range is. This “functional range” is the key difference between functional and traditional medicine because everyone’s functional range is different. 

The beauty of functional medicine is that we’re often not treating or diagnosing diseases – but instead looking at how the body is functioning and the symptoms of the patient. Then we utilize nutritional supplementation, diet and lifestyle recommendations, and other holistic tools to improve the overall health and quality life for the patient. 

If this is you – come see us!

If you’re suffering from a condition that you feel isn’t being properly addressed by traditional methods or perhaps being told that you need to go on a certain medication – that you’d rather not go on – there may be an alternative or natural approach for you to take. That’s where we come in! We’d love to sit down and talk with you to see if we can do anything to help you live your best – and most functional – life.