Acupuncture can help with osteoarthritis
Acupuncture is an excellent remedy for osteoarthritis of the knee. What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a condition mainly affecting joints aka “wear and tear” degenerative joint disease. More recently, it has been shown that there is an inflammatory component to the disease process. In osteoarthritis, people note symmetrical bilateral pain, decrease in range of motion or joints, joint tenderness, “bony swellings”, joint deformity, and instability of joints. Risk factors are age, joint injury, obesity, genetics, anatomic factors, and gender (more commonly affecting women). Osteoarthritis is typically diagnosed based on signs and symptoms as well as imaging such as x-ray.
Western treatment involves management of the inflammation, minimizing pain, and working to reduce risk factors that could be contributing. Exercises, anti-inflammatory diet, and certain drugs maybe used. But what about acupuncture, can acupuncture help?
What does the research say?
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that acupuncture produces significant pain relief and improved function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
In the study, the subjects who experienced acupuncture had a greater reduction in pain and stiffness, improved functioning and a higher quality of life than the placebo group.
This is just one of several studies showing how acupuncture can be beneficial to reduce inflammation in cases of osteoarthritis, along with nutrition coaching on anti-inflammatory diet, and an exercise plan.
Top 3 ways acupuncture can help osteoarthritis:
- Acupuncture helps our bodies natural ability to heal itself thus promoting natural anti-inflammatory process.
- Acupuncture works to remove stagnation and blockages that are leading to pain and inflammation. Once inflammation in down, pain, and range of motion improve.
- Acupuncture is a safe, natural, and non-invasive way to decrease swelling or pain caused by inflamed joints.
If you know someone who is suffering from joint pain or osteoarthritis, let them know acupuncture can help! Give our office a call today to get on track to reducing pain and inflammation, naturally!
Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist in Bothell, WA. At the Pain Relief Project, we specialize in the treatment of pain, migraines, and other chronic health conditions for those who otherwise cannot afford care. To schedule an appointment, please call (425) 686-9253, to see if you qualify, click here.
Berman, BM., et. Al., Effectiveness of acupuncture as adjunct therapy in osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized, controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, DEC. 21, 2004; 141(12)901-910.