Acupuncture and Arthritis

Written by JR Rogers

We have talked about acupuncture before. However, it has been some time ago and I wanted to bring this up and add some interesting points.

Arthritis Pain

It is no secret that I favorrepparttar use of a high-quality liquid Glucosamine to deal withrepparttar 146525 pain of arthritis. And, I make that recommendation for both humans and pets. Givenrepparttar 146526 recent news stories regardingrepparttar 146527 use of NSAID's, it is certainly a safer and in most cases, equally effective way to handle your pain.

New studies using Acupuncture

I recently read some information about clinical studies that used acupuncture on arthritis patients. For those of you not that familiar with acupuncture, it isrepparttar 146528 ancient Chinese technique of inserting (very) thin needles in strategic locations in your body. It is a practice that has been used for about 2,000 years so we cannot discard it.

Clinical studies

In December of 2004, a study that as funded byrepparttar 146529 NIH (National Institutes of Health) and reported inrepparttar 146530 Annals of Internal Medicine regardingrepparttar 146531 use of acupuncture.

Whatrepparttar 146532 researchers said was that of some 570 study participants inrepparttar 146533 study had less pain than those who received what they called "sham acupuncture." A similar study reported inrepparttar 146534 British Medical Journal reported similar results. (That study used a combination of acupuncture and an NSAID)

My Rude Introduction to Arthritis and how I am Coping with It

Written by Jimmie Newell

Let me begin by stating upfront that I realize that a great many people suffer from much more serious arthritic conditions than I. This article is not to trivialize their conditions in any way. My intent is to explain how this disease manifested itself in me andrepparttar treatment that I have undertaken.

Being an avid golfer, I like many other men can hardly wait for spring to arrive. In 2004 spring came early. My first round I walked 18 holes with a push cart as I usually do. I did not feel any abnormal pain at this point. The next day I went torepparttar 146524 driving range to work some ofrepparttar 146525 kinks out of my swing, and hit a large bucket of balls. Later that evening my left knee was in so much pain that I could not stand with any pressure on it, walking was very painful. This persisted for 2-3 weeks, it did finally start to get better, but only marginally, golf had been degraded to using a power cart, there was just no way I could walk 9 holes, let alone 18. Making any full swing was painful fromrepparttar 146526 pressure put on my left knee.

I finally went to an Orthopedist, and after x-rays of both knees and a range of motion exam, was told that I had Osteoarthritis. The doctor showed merepparttar 146527 small space left betweenrepparttar 146528 bones of my left knee, and told me thatrepparttar 146529 meniscus (a pad of cartilage that cushionsrepparttar 146530 joint and prevents bone to bone contact) was thinning and was in all likelihood torn. He told me that a few years ago,repparttar 146531 standard treatment was to surgically repairrepparttar 146532 meniscus . however this type of repair was only effective at relieving pain about 50% ofrepparttar 146533 time.

The more accepted treatment now, was to prescribe a series of exercises designed to strengthenrepparttar 146534 muscles aroundrepparttar 146535 knee joint, and a pain reliever to controlrepparttar 146536 pain, so that I could exercise. He also suggested that I investigate and take glucosamine which is a natural healing product not regulated byrepparttar 146537 FDA. He stated that recent large scale studies had shown that glucosamine was effective in slowing downrepparttar 146538 loss of cartilage and may even contribute to regeneration of damaged cartilage.

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