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By Toni Twitty

According to the CDC, arthritis is a common health problem in the U.S., affecting more than 54 million people, with this number expected to rise to 78 million in the next 20 years. Among chronic diseases in the U.S., arthritis causes more disability than any other condition, including heart disease, diabetes, and back or spine problems. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the third most common type of arthritis behind osteoarthritis (prevalence 31 million) and gout (prevalence more than 8 million). RA affects More than 1.3 million in the U.S. Symptoms and treatment can vary from person to person depending on a variety of factors.

Most treatment options include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, and various medications for pain relief. They can range from over-the-counter analgesics like Tylenol to prescription drugs like tramadol, codeine, oxycodone and hydrocodone. These drugs can have powerful side effects leading many to look for non-pharmacological options. The good news is studies show that acupuncture can help treat arthritis pain.

What the Research Says

Both Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis (OA) can greatly reduce a person’s quality of life. A 2019 study revealed that people with Rheumatoid arthritis of the hand, found significant benefits from acupuncture. Participants reported less pain and improved quality of life, improved hand and arm strength and better overall health.

A 2018 study published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine found, “beneficial outcomes following acupuncture treatment for patients with rheumatoid arthritis include less pain and joint stiffness, and improved physical functioning. The results of various human and animal studies also suggest that acupuncture has the potential to down-regulate levels of interleukins and tumor necrosis factor, specific cell signaling proteins collectively called cytokines that are involved in the inflammatory response and become elevated in autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.”

The frequency of acupuncture visits will also vary depending on the severity of your symptoms. Acupuncture visits are typically performed from once to three times per week initially. Dr. Toni will review your case in order to develop the treatment plan that is right for you.

Don’t spend another day in pain, make an appointment with Be Well Acupuncture OKC today to relieve symptoms and restore your quality of life.

Dr. Toni Twitty, owner of Be Well Acupuncture OKC in Oklahoma City, OK is an expert Acupuncturist. She specializes in resolving pain, treating chronic conditions, general wellness, and fertility. Learn more about Toni and get started on your road to better health today!