Osteoarthritis & Acupuncture

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know that Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis?

AND that half of all people will develop OA of the knee in their lifetime?

Due to the breakdown of the cartilage, OA causes pain, swelling, and stiffness which may greatly limit activity and quality of life.  Symptoms can start as early as age 40 and often progress.

Western treatment often includes pain medication, surgical joint replacement, physical or occupational therapy, and steroids.

Eastern treatment often includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

This blog will report on a blinded randomized trial of acupuncture compared to sham (“placebo”) acupuncture for OA of the knee.  Highlights of the study:

  • 68 participants were randomized into two groups
  • Treatment was twice per week (with one day in between)
  • Treatment length was 5 weeks; follow up was 9 weeks
  • Both groups had similar demographics and pain symptoms
  • Results: the acupuncture group compared to the placebo group showed statistically significant pain reduction which lasted through the 9 weeks. The sham group did not.

To access to full research publication: Read research on OA and acupuncture

to :Read more about OA statistics

Wildwood Acupuncture Center can help you and your loved ones who are suffering with OA- Call us today to schedule a consultation: 301-530-5308