1. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease (where cartilage in the joint gradually wears away) and may be caused by excess stress on the joint; such as from repeated injury, deformity, or if a person is overweight.It most often affects middle-aged and older people. A young person who develops osteoarthritis may have an inherited form of the disease or may have experienced continuous irritation from an unrepaired torn meniscus or other injury.
2. Most often osteoarthritis is treated with analgesics (pain-reducing Medicines), such as aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol): nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Nuprin, Advil); and exercises to restore and strengthen joint movement.
3. Losing excess weight can also help people with osteoarthritis. In people with a joint osteoarthritis, a seriously damaged joint may need to be surgically replaced with an artificial one.
4. People with osteoarthritis have been receiving traditional acupuncture in increasing numbers over the years.From the perspective of acupuncturists and patients, the results of treatment have often been good.
5. Osteoarthritis is a condition for which acupuncture may be beneficial. The condition is often treated with, among other things, anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.). This medical intervention has a potential for deleterious side effects but is still widely used and considered as an acceptable treatment. The evidence supporting this type of therapy is no better than that for acupuncture.
6. After 3 years of preparation, our research clinical team at the department of Rheumatology – Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham University started in June 1999 working towards a randomised trial to evaluate acupuncture in treatment of Knee osteoarthritis. In the initial pilot study we undertook a feasibility study which included 30 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
7. Our successful research trials have been published in the following medical journals to prove that Acupuncture treatment is the best alternative for osteoarthritis in general and Knee osteoarthritis in particular.
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