Overview of Osteoarthritis

People who are diagnosed with osteoarthritis may be looking for a non-invasive, medication-free approach to dealing with the symptoms of this condition. Acupuncture is a holistic treatment that can help to reduce the severity and frequency of symptoms of osteoarthritis without invasive surgeries or medications.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects joints like the knees. It’s a disease that involves the breaking down of cartilage that keeps joints functioning properly. When the cartilage of the joints is broken down, in people with osteoarthritis, bones will grow in their place in an attempt to repair the issue. However, instead of repairing the issue and making the joint functional, this bone growth actually impairs function and can even lead to pain when the joint is being used.

What Does Osteoarthritis Affect?

There are certain areas that osteoarthritis affects more commonly than others. Common joints that are affected by osteoarthritis include:

  • knees
  • hands
  • neck
  • hips
  • lower back

Some of the common causes of osteoarthritis can include:

  • wear and tear of a joint
  • cartilage breakdown and wears away
  • bony spurs or extra bone may form

Who is at Risk for Osteoarthritis?

Some people may be at a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis than others. Specifically, people who are older have a higher risk of developing osteoarthritis as their joints have been used for longer. Furthermore, women are more prone to developing osteoarthritis, specifically women who are older and have already gone through menopause. Other risk factors for developing osteoarthritis include:

  • experiencing trauma or injury to the joints
  • having a family history of osteoarthritis
  • living with birth defects that affect the joints

How Can Acupuncture Help People Living With Osteoarthritis?

Acupuncture is believed to work as it affects energy flow throughout the body. When a person experiences pain, like from conditions such as osteoarthritis, it’s thought that these energy flows are blocked. Acupuncture helps to improve blood flow and circulation, helping to unblock this built-up energy, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.

Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis at Acupuncture Zen

Acupuncture Zen, located in Delray Beach, Florida, offers acupuncture sessions to help reduce painful and debilitating symptoms of osteoarthritis. With acupuncture, people living with osteoarthritis can get the relief they need without the use of invasive procedures or prescription medications that can come with damaging side effects. Acupuncture sessions are quick, relaxing, and don’t require downtime – so you can use acupuncture as a treatment method and go back to your regular routine. Find out more about how acupuncture sessions at our Delray Center clinic can help.

Common Symptoms

Common Symptoms

  • pain when using certain joints
  • stiffening of the joints
  • an impaired movement of joints
  • swelling surrounding joints
  • instability of joints

Recent Studies

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