Will Acupuncture Relieve My Osteoarthritis Pain?

Study Results
On joining the study, people's pain and knee function were assessed using standard arthritis research survey instruments and measurement tools. Progress was assessed at 4, 8, 14, and 26 weeks. By week 8, participants receiving acupuncture were showing a significant increase in function; and by week 14 they were showing a significant decrease in pain, compared with those in the sham and control groups. These results held through week 26. Overall, those who received acupuncture had a 40 percent decrease in pain and a nearly 40 percent improvement in function, compared to baseline assessments.

Should I Consider Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis?

Based on the results of this study, acupuncture can serve as an effective addition to the standard treatment for osteoarthritis of the knee. It should not, however, be used in place of other arthritis treatments that have been recommended. Also, it's important to find a good, licensed acupuncture practitioner. If you are considering acupuncture to help with osteoarthritis pain, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider about your particular situation.
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