Naturopaths, Massage, Nutritionists, Acupuncturists & Osteopaths in Brisbane

Acupuncture treatment for Osteoarthritis

Is Osteoarthritis impacting your life?

Acupuncture in Brisbane can help with Osteoarthritis

Are you one of the 1.6 million Australian’s currently suffering with osteoarthritis? Do you experience pain, stiffness, discomfort or dysfunction in joints such as your knees, hips, feet or hands?

Acupuncture has moderate to high-level evidence of effectiveness as a safe and economical treatment for osteoarthritis in the knee, with the research literature supporting acupuncture’s use for numerous types of acute and chronic pain. This means acupuncture should be endorsed as a first line treatment for pain before opiates are prescribed and may reduce opioid use for pain relief for chronic pain.

  • Studies show clinically significant effects of acupuncture for pain control in patients with peripheral joint Osteoarthritis.
  • Acupuncture is a viable alternative to pain killers and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Research indicates that acupuncture is associated with improved joint function in patients with chronic Osteoarthritis.
  • Acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment for Osteoarthritis

How can Acupuncture help Arthritis?

  • Acupuncture stimulates the release of your body’s natural 'pain-killers' endorphins and other biochemical changes to reduce osteoarthritic pain by affecting your brain and spinal cords processing of pain
  • Reduces inflammation – it promotes the release of vascular and immune-modulatory factors
  • Improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility – by increasing local microcirculation which aids the dispersal of swelling and bruising.
  • Reducing the use of and dependence on pain medication.
  • Aids the repair of osteoarthritic joints; restoring function.
  • Reduces dependency on pain-killers and anti-inflammatory medication.

 

Further Reading on Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis

Y. D. Kwon, M. H. Pittler, E. Ernst. 2006 Acupuncture for peripheral joint osteoarthritis A systematic review and meta-analysis, Rheumatology 2006;45:133, Advance Access publication 27 August 2006. Viewed online February 25th, 2016 < http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/11/1331.full.pdf+html >

White, A. Foster, N. Cummings, M. Barlas, P. 2006. The effectiveness of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee – a systematic review. Acupuncture in Medicine 2006;24:40-48. Viewed online February 25th, 2016 < http://aim.bmj.com/content/24/supplement/40.short >

Selfe, T & Taylor, A. 2008. Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis of the Knee - A Review of Randomized, Controlled Trials. Fam Community Health. 2008 Jul–Sep; 31(3): 247–254. Viewed online February 25th, 2016. < http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2810544/ >

Manheimer E, Cheng K, Linde K, Lao L, Yoo J, Wieland S, van der Windt DAWM, Berman BM, Bouter LM. 2010. Acupuncture for osteoarthritis. Cochrane Library Database. Viewed online February 25th, 2016. < http://www.cochrane.org/CD001977/MUSKEL_acupuncture-for-osteoarthritis >

Witt, C. Jena, S. Brinkhaus, B. Liecker, B. Wegscheider, K. Willich, S. 2006. Acupuncture in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip: A randomized, controlled trial with an additional nonrandomized arm. Arthritis & Rheumatism Volume 54 HYPERLINK "http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.v54:11/issuetoc", HYPERLINK "http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.v54:11/issuetoc"  HYPERLINK "http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.v54:11/issuetoc"Issue 11 HYPERLINK "http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.v54:11/issuetoc", HYPERLINK "http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.v54:11/issuetoc" pages 3485-3493, November 2006. Viewed online February 25th, 2016 < http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.22154/full >