Have you considered treating the pain, swelling and stiffness of arthritis with acupuncture? Even the reaction to weather changes, which was known in the old days as "rheumatism", can be reduced with properly applied moxabustion and dietary changes in accordance with Oriental theory. Traumatic arthritis can sometimes be helped very well when the treatment is begun very soon after the injury occurs.
My own experience suggests that acupuncture and Chinese herbology are more effective and much less unpleasant and dangerous than surgery, steroids or NSAIDs to treat arthritis. Compared to these methods of treatment, acupuncture therapy also has many fewer side effects.
Many problems of pain around joints and the spine are actually not primary problems of arthritis, but are actually problems in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues. These painful disorders may respond to tendinomuscular acupuncture or tuina,which is a form of treatment that does not require needles.
Another advantage of acupuncture, moxibustion and tuina is the very low risk of complications. Though once considered relatively safe, even non steroidal drugs and aspirin are now known to have long term risk. More powerful drugs, such as methotrexate, hydroxychloroquin, infliximab (Remicade), etanercept (Enbrel), certolizumab (Cimzia), adalimumab (Humira) and others involve long term risks that are considerably greater still. These drugs also cost thousands of dollars per month, much more than the cost of twice weekly acupuncture.
Treating arthritis with acupuncture should be seen as a long term process, especially if the condition has been present for many years. Chronic arthritis can develop if the early symptoms are not treated. The treatment has to be individualized to your particular imbalance, and this also takes time. If there is a structural problem, acupuncture will not easily reverse the deformity. Patients facing immediate surgery because the joints have completely broken down should look to acupuncture to help them prepare for surgery and relieve post surgical pain to assist rehabilitation after surgery. Please visit our site to obtain information on treatments for pain in joints, muscles and tendons, as well as arthritis, with traditional Oriental medicine.
Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland since 1980. To find out more about the treatment of arthritis and joint pain, as well as other endocrine and neurologic disorders, call us at 440-461-7488 or visit our website for more information.