Acupuncture for Joint Pain

The most recent national estimate suggests that 126 million adults suffer from some pain in a given year with about one-third (40 million adults) suffering from severe pain and back pain, joint pain, neck pain and headaches are among the most common types of pain experienced by US adults. Acupuncture is very effective at reducing joint pains. We offer a natural option, free of side effects for residents of Washington, Lamoille, and Chittenden counties every day. Acupuncture is recommended as a first line treatment by the American College of Physicians in their 2017 Clinical Practice Guidelines for acute and chronic low back pain and by the National Institutes of Health for low back pain and knee osteoarthritis.

How Does Western Medicine Treat Joint Pain?

Joint pains are frequently treated with injections, medications and surgery. Often joint pains are undiagnosed and the only solution from western medicine is medication. We want to look deeper than that and treat the whole person.

How Does Acupuncture Treat Joint Pain?

Acupuncture works by increasing the circulation of blood and relaxing muscles in a painful area. The acupuncture procedure triggers the brain to release endorphins (the body’s natural pain killer) and reduce pain. By interrupting the pain cycle, acupuncture successfully eliminates pain.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years. Our techniques reduce swelling and inflammation without pain.  We are experienced at successfully treating joint pains from a variety of causes, even if there is no known cause.

  • Sprains and Strains
  • Gout
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Overuse and Repetitive Movements
  • Post Operative Pain
  • Chronic Pain Syndromes

We often combine acupuncture with cupping, moxibustion, massage and heat therapies to achieve the fastest results. We are experts at integrating the use of acupuncture into your current healing plan. We communicate with surgeons, physical therapists, chiropractors and other health professionals that you may work with to create an integrated health experience for you. We want you to get better as fast as possible, acupuncture helps you do that.

Sources:

Qaseem A, Wilt TJ, McLean RM, et al, for the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians. Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians. Ann Intern Med. 2017;166:514–530. [Epub ahead of print 14 February 2017]. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/M16-2367

Nahin, R. L., Boineau, R., Khalsa, P. S., Stussman, B. J., & Weber, W. J. (2016). Evidence-Based Evaluation of Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Management in the United States. Mayo Clinic proceedings, 91(9), 1292–1306. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2016.06.007

Pleis JR, Lucas JW. Summary health statistics for U.S. adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2007. Vital Health Stat. 2009;10(240):1–159.

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