Osteoarthritis & Acupuncture
At The Foot, Knee and Back Clinics we have a long record of successfully treating patients with Osteoarthritis. Patients have seen a significant reduction in pain levels of knee and hip osteoarthritis using a combination of acupuncture and physiotherapy based treatments. The treatments that we provide at the clinic include acupuncture, electroacupuncture, soft tissue massage and exercise rehabilitation, which have been well documented in achieving reduced levels of pain on osteoarthiritic conditions
Osteoarthritis is a disease essentially confined to the joint capsule. The cartilage lining the bone surfaces becomes roughened and thinned and the lining in the capsule becomes inflamed. In severe cases the bone ends touch and start to wear away, and bony growths form that can change the shape of the joint. Osteoarthritis usually starts after the age of 40 and is more prevalent and severe in women. Repetitive activity and joint injury are common causes. Symptoms are pain and stiffness of the joint. About 8 million people in the UK are affected and of these about one million ask for treatment.
Treatment includes painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy, losing weight, and in severe cases joint replacement. However, it is uncertain whether the efficacy of anti-inflammatory drugs is superior to safer, pure analgesics. Clinical trials of anti-inflammatory drugs show only a 30% reduction in pain and 15% improvement in function.
An increasingly popular treatment for Osteoarthritis and other painful musculo-skeletal conditions is acupuncture. As a treatment modality acupuncture has been suggested to be effective in reducing pain and improving mobility within patients with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee. As a result of this acupuncture is increasingly chosen by patients as a complementary treatment for chronic pain. Acupuncture has shown to give relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis with negligible side effects.