Arthritis and Acupuncture?

There are many alternative treatments out there for arthritis. The latest craze is the nutritional supplement glucosamine, to be used in place or in conjunction with anti inflammatory drugs. It is also quite well known that exercise and healthy lifestyle can and will ease the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

But what else can we do?

Acupuncture is basically inserting small needles into the skin in order to relieve various pains and symptoms. It has been around for years and is quite popular. There isn’t much information around on the use of acupuncture in conjunction with arthritis,but there should be.

A study in 2004 showed that acupuncture can be of benefit to arthritis sufferers. The study was searching for evidence of acupuncture reducing the pain and symptoms of osteoarthritis. 570 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee were involved. Patients were measured for pain and function scores at week 8 and week 26 of the program (in comparison with a sham acupuncture group). They were also measured on a 6 minute walk and a physical health score.

Participants in the true acupuncture group experienced greater improvement in their pain and function scores than the sham group at week 8. By week 26, the acupuncture group had significantly better scores in all areas.

Our Conclusion:

Acupuncture is a great secondary treatment for osteoarthritis. If you are suffering pain, it is something that can be done alongside exercise and medication. It may not be for you, but give it a try, don’t put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to treatment. Acupuncture is alternative, but it has been around for a very long time and there is a lot of evidence it does relieve pain and symptoms of various conditions.