By Nicole Murray, L.Ac.

You don’t have to suffer with arthritis, we can help you! We want everyone out there to know that arthritis is treatable with regular acupuncture treatments! It is important to note that one treatment will not cure your arthritis. Depending on the severity we recommend 3 to 5 days in a row followed by weekly, bi-weekly, to monthly treatments-whatever works for you! Read on to learn more about arthritis types and ways to treat it.

About Arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation in one or more joints, and is characterized by pain and stiffness.
Arthritis affects an estimated 70 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Arthritis is a “complex family of musculoskeletal disorders consisting of more than 100 different diseases or conditions that can affect people of all ages, races and genders” (Arthritis Foundation).

▪ The two main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Other arthritic diseases include gout, lupus, lyme disease, juvenile arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in the United States, affecting an estimated 21 million adults. It’s a joint disease affecting mostly cartilage (the tissue covering the ends of the bones that form a joint). Cartilage allows the bones to glide smoothly, and absorbs shock from movement. With osteoarthritis, the top layer of cartilage begins to break down, allowing bones to rub together. Symptoms begin gradually, and become more severe over time.

There are several risk factors of osteoarthritis, including: age, weight, joint injury, and stresses on the joints from certain jobs or sports.

The most common signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis are:

▪ Joint soreness after periods of overuse or inactivity.
▪ Stiffness after periods of rest that goes away quickly when activity resumes.