Seattle Acupuncture &  Pain Management 

916 E Miller St    Seattle, WA 98102     Phone: (206) 459-3704  

Conditions Treated » Arthritis Pain

Acupuncture treats Arthritis Pain

 

Arthritis is one of the most prevalent diseases in the US and isthe leading cause of disability. According to the CDC one out of every threeAmericans is affected.

For most people arthritis pain and inflammation cannot beavoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of 50 show somesigns of arthritis. Joints naturally degenerate over time. Fortunately,arthritis can often be managed Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Whatis Arthritis?

Arthritis isn’t just one disease; it’s a complex disorder thatcomprises more than 100 distinct conditions and can affect people at any stageof life. Two of the most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoidarthritis. While these two forms of arthritis have very different causes, theyoften share a common symptom—persistent joint pain.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis inthe US. It affects millions of adults. OA begins with the breakdown of jointcartilage, resulting in pain and stiffness.

OA commonly affects the joints of the fingers, knees, hips, andspine. Other joints affected less frequently include the wrists, elbows,shoulders, and ankles.

When OA is found in a less frequently affected joint, there isusually a history of injury or unusual stress to that joint. Work-relatedrepetitive injury and physical trauma may contribute to the development of OA.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect many different jointsand, in some people, other parts of the body as well, including the blood, thelungs, and the heart. Inflammation of the joint lining, called the synovium,can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth, and redness. The affected jointmay also lose its shape, resulting in loss of normal movement. RA can last along time and can be a disease that flares (active symptoms) and remits (few to no symptoms).

 

The Acupuncture Treatment

Tiny needles are inserted in your legs, arms, shoulders orwherever the acupuncturist deems appropriate for your diagnosis. Needleinsertion does not hurt. The number of treatments you will need depends on youand your condition. Some people need treatment one or two times per week. Yoursymptoms may be relieved after your first visit, but if your condition issevere it may take time.

Chinese Herbs for Arthritis

Chinese Herbal formulas are prescribed for arthritis everyday.Your acupuncturist will examine you, diagnose your condition from your signsand symptoms and determine which herbal formula is best for you.

Studies on Acupuncture and Arthritis

Several studies have shown that acupuncture can help people witharthritis and related auto-immune diseases.

Safe Alternative to Medication

Acupuncture for arthritis has become popular and many people arebenefiting from the relief it gives. Don’t suffer with side effects fromWestern medications when acupuncture is so effective.

Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions

Your diet plays a crucial role in helping you prevent or managearthritis. The first objective of a healthy diet is to help you lose weight ifyou are overweight. Being overweight can cause additional stress to yourjoints. The second way a balanced, varied diet can help ease the pain ofarthritis is by providing vitamins and minerals that keep your joints healthy.