Can acupuncture help with joint health?

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Can acupuncture help with joint health?

Acupuncture for knee pain and joint health

If you suffer from joint pain, you know how debilitating it can be. We often hear that “I have tried everything, PT, medications, and exercises but nothing helps!” Are there natural, safe, and effective ways to help improve joint health and ease pain?

If you suffer from chronic joint pain, listen up!

What causes joint pain?

Arthritis is one of the most common joint ailments, affecting over 54 million adults in the United States. Caused by a swelling of the joints, it can range from bothersome to extremely painful and can be a hindrance to everyday activities. Joint pain is often associated with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis “RA”, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, joint injuries, and cases of chronic inflammatory conditions.

Read Dr. Heintze’s previous post on natural ways to help rheumatoid arthritis here.

Arthritis, along with other types of joint health issues, can be one of the most life-altering conditions to live with—because it can hinder everything from one’s ability to get regular exercise to how much someone can go to work.

Thankfully, applications of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), naturopathic medicine, and acupuncture can be amazingly helpful as arthritis treatments and general joint health maintenance protocol.

Various studies, including one by the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, found that patients felt significantly less pain and had an easier time walking after receiving legitimate acupuncture treatments.

Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are many different types of arthritis, some with very few treatment options as dictated by Western Medicine.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one variety that can be hugely disruptive to sufferers’ lives. RA is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease that’s linked with progressive joint damage, resulting in severe chronic pain and long-term mobility issues.

Western medicine comes up short when trying to treat RA. Yet many clinical trials have shown that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has advantages in the treatment of RA.

Osteoarthritis & Joint Health

Another common and very detrimental type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, particular in the knee joints, and especially affecting older adults. When knee osteoarthritis gets severe enough, total knee replacement is the final treatment option.

A wide-ranging study of over 34,000 patients in Taiwan showed that acupuncture treatments reduced risk of total knee replacement in patients with knee osteoarthritis, and that enhanced benefits results from long-term treatment. The longer a patient used acupuncture, the less likely they were to need a knee replacement.

If you suffer from joint pain and looking for natural ways to help improve joint health, give our office a call today at (425) 686-4498 to set-up your initial consultation.


Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7302630/

https://journals.lww.com/md-journal/fulltext/2019/06070/traditional_chinese_medicine_therapy_reduces_the.58.aspx

https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/treatment/complementary-therapies/natural-therapies/acupuncture-for-arthritis

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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
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