Acupuncture for Arthritis

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Arthritis can cause limitation and pain that can lead to a lower quality of life. But, there is a treatment that can help manage arthritis pains. It’s acupuncture for arthritis.

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Arthritis Information

Arthritis can cause difficulties in one’s life. It was found that an estimated 54.4 million adults (22.7%) had doctor-diagnosed arthritis and out of 54.4 million adults, approximately 24 million adults with arthritis had activity limitations attributable to arthritis. Among adults with arthritis, the percentage limited by arthritis has increased by almost 20% over time [1].

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Types Of Arthritis

For arthritis, there are different types aside from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Some other arthritis includes:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Gout
  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (Childhood arthritis)
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Septic arthritis
  • Thumb arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Infectious arthritis
  • Metabolic arthritis

What is Acupuncture For Arthritis?

Acupuncture for arthritis is the use of needles to target points in the body called acupoints in order to restore the flow of the body’s qi or body energy. A disruption in qi can cause the body to experience diseases or issues. By targeting these acupoints, your acupuncturist can open meridians pathways, pathways where qi flows, and restore the balance of qi. As a result of this process, it stimulates the body’s natural healing, reduces pain, promotes relaxation, and helps treat conditions of arthritis.

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Can Acupuncture Help With Arthritis?

Acupuncture can help with arthritis. Acupuncture is well-known for being able to treat pain and even chronic pain in an effective and drug-free way. It can even be used to treat some of the various types of arthritis. One study published in the National Institutes of Health looked for the effect of acupuncture on rheumatoid arthritis and associated Mechanisms. In their study, they were able to conclude that acupuncture for arthritis alone or combined with other treatments for arthritis is beneficial to the clinical conditions of rheumatoid arthritis without adverse effects reported and can improve function and quality of life and is worth trying [2].

Additional Benefits Of Acupuncture For Arthritis

In addition to the treatment of arthritis pain, acupuncture for arthritis has some additional benefits. These include:

  • Help with sleep: Some types of arthritis can cause pain that disturbs one’s sleep. Acupuncture can help with getting better sleep by alleviating pain and promoting relaxation.
  • Losing weight: When it comes to arthritis, your doctor might recommend you to lose weight to help with symptoms of arthritis. Acupuncture is known to be helpful when it comes to losing weight by reducing cravings.
  • Treat injuries: In some cases, arthritis is formed from injuries that didn’t fully heal from work, sports, or auto accidents. Acupuncture is known to help treat those issues before they get worse.

Additional Info

Arthritis usually affects joints. Although there are many different types of arthritis and can be experienced differently, the most common arthritis symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion

The most common cause of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This condition is the result of cartilage between the ends of your bones that acts like protective cushions gradually deteriorate.

Symptoms  Of Osteoarthritis

As a result of the deterioration of cartilage, the body will start experiencing these symptoms of osteoarthritis:

  • Pain: Experiencing pain during or after movement.
  • Stiffness: May notice upon awakening or after being inactive some stiffness in the joints.
  • Tenderness: Some joints may feel tender when pressure is applied to it or the area around it.
  • Loss of flexibility: Noticing not being able to move your joint fully and reduction in joints range of motion.
  • Grating sensation: May feel a grating sensation when the joints move and might hear popping or crackling.
  • Bone spurs: These can form around the joints affected. Bone spurs are extra bits of bone and feel like hard lumps.
  • Swelling: Might experience inflammation of the soft tissue around the joint.

Cause Of Osteoarthritis 

Osteoarthritis is caused by the deterioration of cartilage which is needed for almost frictionless joint movements. Osteoarthritis is mostly due to overuse of the joints and often is referred to as a “wear and tear” disease.

Osteoarthritis Complications

Osteoarthritis can cause some complications in your life. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that gets worse over time and may lead to persistent pains. This condition can make work or doing basic functions difficult. Also, the pain can cause disturbances in sleep and mental issues as a result of the reduction in quality of life.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and is considered a chronic inflammatory disorder. But, rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t just affect joints. It can affect other parts of the body. Unlike osteoarthritis, it affects the lining of your joints and causing swelling that can result in bone erosion and joint deformity.

Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Because of the inflammation caused by the condition, the body might experience these symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Tender, warm, swollen joints
  • Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity
  • Fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite

Cause Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is caused when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissues specifically the synovium. The synovium is the lining of the membranes that surround your joints. This results in the thickening of the synovial membrane and causes the cartilage and bone within the joint to be destroyed. This eventually leads to the joints being misaligned and losing its shape.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Complications

With rheumatoid arthritis, there come some complications. These conditions increase your chances of developing these conditions:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid nodules
  • Dry eyes and mouth
  • Infections
  • Abnormal body composition
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lymphoma
  • Lung Disease

[1] Barbour KE, Helmick CG, Boring M, Brady TJ. Vital Signs: Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation — United States, 2013–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:246–253. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6609e1

[2] Chou, Pei-Chi, and Heng-Yi Chu. “Clinical Efficacy of Acupuncture on Rheumatoid Arthritis and Associated Mechanisms: A Systemic Review.” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM vol. 2018 8596918. 12 Apr. 2018, doi:10.1155/2018/8596918

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