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Acupuncture Treatment for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common condition which often affects people over the age of 40, but can sometimes affect younger people as well. Symptoms commonly associated with osteoarthritis include pain in the knees, back, neck, ankles, hands, or other joints.

Osteoarthritis is different from other types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or reactive arthritis. During the early stage of osteoarthritis, the pain is usually felt on just one side of the body, rather than on both sides. Generally, osteoarthritis arises from repetitive use of a joint which leads to damage to the cartilage within the joint. A previous injury may make it more likely for a person to develop osteoarthritis.

Maryland Holistics provides acupuncture which can help to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the back, knees, hands, and other joints.

Acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for the symptoms of arthritis. Some of this medical research evidence was provided by a randomized clinical trial of acupuncture involving 713 patients with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee.1 In this study, patients receiving acupuncture had up to 15 sessions of acupuncture in a 3-month period. During this study, all patients also continued their usual care in addition to acupuncture.

Osteoarthritis severity scores and quality of life measures were significantly improved in the group receiving acupuncture relative to the control group which did not receive acupuncture (n=713, p=.001).1 Improvements in the patients receiving acupuncture were maintained at 3 and 6 months. Osteoarthritis severity was assessed using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis index (WOMAC scale), and quality of life was assessed by the SF36 scale.

1. Witt, C.M., Jena, S., Brinkhaus, B., Liecker, B., (2006). Acupuncture in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip: A randomized, controlled trial with an additional nonrandomized arm. Arthritis Rheum, 54(11), 3485-93. doi:10.1002/art.22154
"Depending on the severity, osteoarthritis may resolve very quickly with acupuncture or it may require a longer approach. In my experience, a minor flare-up of osteoarthritis can usually be treated very quickly. These osteoarthritis flare-ups may be more likely if a joint was injured in the past. Longer treatment plans are often useful for patients who have more chronic osteoarthritis, or if there are other factors contributing to the pain."

Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac.

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About Maryland Holistics

Maryland Holistics LLC is the private practice of Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac., L.Ac. Our serene, professional office is located in Ellicott City, MD. Maryland Holistics has provided care to thousands of satisfied customers since opening in 2009. Dr. Windsor is a preferred provider in the CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GEHA, and United Healthcare networks.

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Ste E
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: 301-588-5858
Fax: 443-308-5690