ARTHRITIS & ACUPUNCTURE
Arthritis literally means “joint inflammation.” Although arthritis is often referred to as one disease, it’s not.
Acupuncture treatment for arthritis is based on the patients’ unique health history and specific needs. With the use of our Hi-Tech energy machine we may be able to help alleviate pain caused by arthritis, as well as the underlying causes.
Kidney system problems, according to traditional Chinese medicine, may cause arthritis, bone degeneration or bone enlargement. Traditional needles in addition to Chinese herbs can help with pain and healing of arthritis in the joints.
Although it may not be possible to prevent arthritis, there are steps to take to reduce your risk of developing the condition and to slow or prevent permanent joint damage.
- Maintaining a healthy weight. Excess weight puts strain on your joints.
- Exercising. Keeping your muscles strong can help protect and support your joints.
- Using joint-protecting devices and techniques at work. Proper lifting and posture can help protect your muscles and joints.
- Eating a healthy diet. A well balanced, nutritious diet can help strengthen your bones and muscles.
Arthritis has more than 100 forms and is a common cause of disability. There is no cure for arthritis, but available treatments remain active. If you actively manage your arthritis, you may be able to gain control over your pain.
What Is Arthritis?
There are over 100 types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The word “arthritis” means “joint inflammation.” Inflammation is one of the body’s natural reactions to disease or injury, and includes swelling, pain, and stiffness. Inflammation that lasts for a very long time or recurs, as in arthritis, can lead to tissue damage.
With arthritis, an area in or around a joint becomes inflamed, causing pain, stiffness and, sometimes, difficulty moving. Some types of arthritis also affect other parts of the body, such as the skin and internal organs.
Types of Arthritis
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis. Some of the more common types include:
This is the most common type of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage covering the end of the bones gradually wears away. Without the protection of the cartilage, the bones begin to rub against each other and the resulting friction leads to pain and swelling. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, but most often affects the hands and weight-bearing joints such as the knee, hip and facet joints (in the spine). Osteoarthritis often occurs as the cartilage breaks down, or degenerates, with age. For this reason, osteoarthritis is sometimes called degenerative joint disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a long-lasting disease that can affect joints in any part of the body but most commonly the hands, wrists, and knees. With rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system — the body’s defense system against disease — mistakenly attacks itself and causes the joint lining to swell. The inflammation then spreads to the surrounding tissues, and can eventually damage cartilage and bone. In more severe cases, rheumatoid arthritis can affect other areas of the body, such as the skin, eyes, and nerves.
Gout is a painful condition that occurs when the body cannot eliminate a natural substance called uric acid. The excess uric acid forms needle-like crystals in the joints that cause swelling and severe pain. Gout most often affects the big toe, knee and wrist joints.
What Are the Symptoms of Arthritis?
Different types of arthritis have different symptoms and the symptoms vary in severity from person to person. Osteoarthritis does not generally cause any symptoms outside the joint. Symptoms of other types of arthritis may include fatigue, fever, a rash and the signs of joint inflammation, including:
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