Acupuncture Can Help Arthritis

Arthritis is debilitating problem that can pose extreme limitations to one's life. Currently it is thought that there are more than 23 million Americans suffering from arthritis. The most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 21million Americans is Osteoarthritis.

Simply put, osteoarthritis is caused by the cartilage in the joints wearing out. Most commonly found in the elderly population, the knees, hands, back, and neck are the most commonly affected areas. The second, and lesser common form of arthritis is Rheumatoid arthritis. This chronic form of arthritis starts at any age of life and begins when the joint linings become inflamed. Soon the body starts to attack itself and its joints. Aside from joint pain and inflammation, there will often be accompanied fatigue and flu-like symptoms.

Western medicine has few answers for arthritis, and primarily treats it by prescribing pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications. Sometimes they will recommend physical therapy or surgeries as well. Many patients seek out acupuncturists to treat their arthritis because they are unable to handle medications or simply don't want to take them.

Acupuncture is a safe and side effect free way of controlling pain and related symptoms of arthritis. Acupuncture can stimulate the circulation to the painful area. In fact, in a 2004 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine a study was published confirmed that patients with osteoarthritis in the knee were able to get a 40% reduction of pain and a 40% increase in range of motion after a series of acupuncture treatments. Acupuncturists generally try to eliminate the pain in an area by increasing circulation and strengthening a weakness.

Acupuncture works! Give it a try.