The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis and it usually strikes people who are past their middle age. This condition ensues when the joints begin to gradually degenerate. As one can surmise, osteoarthritis is quite a painful musculoskeletal condition and can be quite debilitating as well. Here is how osteoarthritis develops.
Between two adjacent joints, there is a membranous layer called a cartilage separating these two joints. During our youth, the cartilage aids in facilitating movement by serving as an emollient to the two adjacent joints. It aids in preventing these joints to rub against each other during movement.
With aging, however, comes wear and tear to the cartilage causing it to degenerate and when it comes to the point where it is so worn out that it can no longer function as a protection to the joints, the adjacent joints start to rub against each other causing intolerable pain accompanied by inflammation and limited range of motion to the affected part of the body.
Osteoarthritis can develop from several causes. It can come about due to overuse, injury, old age, and heredity. The overuse of the cartilage may lead to the development of osteoarthritis even in the young ages of 20 and 30 years old.
There are a couple of reasons why you need to seek medical help if you feel that you are starting to develop osteoarthritis: To further avert more damage to the cartilage and to treat the swelling, pain and soreness that always accompany this type of arthritis.
As inflammation develops around the affected joints, the inflammation needs to be addressed. A lot of western doctors almost often prescribe steroidal anti-inflammation medicines. Having so many side-effects, however, these drugs can only be taken for a limited time period. Research have been done showing that constant and repeated intake of these medications can actually exacerbate the osteoarthritis, not treat it. This has forced doctors to approach this condition without the use of steroid-based medication.
Acupuncture is a therapy that has been considered by some doctors along with the use of NSAIMs or (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines). A controlled study has revealed that right after acupuncture treatment, about 70% of the patients experienced relief of their pain.
Acupuncture is actually thousands of years old and is still being practiced in huge numbers in the land it took its roots from, China. It is such a powerful form of therapy that a growing number of western trained doctors are training to become medical acupuncturists themselves and adopt it in their practice. Acupuncture is about the use of needles to stimulate the acupuncture points in the body. Acupuncturists state that there are more than 2000 acupuncture points scattered all over the body. The body will become healed when Chi or life energy is balanced or has a balanced flow. So, the primary objective in inserting needles into the body is to stimulate these acupuncture points in order for the blockages to be removed so that the obstructions can be cleared allowing Chi to flow freely.