Arthritic pain can be one of the worst experiences that you might come
across. It increases with time and if not treated properly, can leave you bed-ridden. But what exactly is arthritis and what are the signs and symptoms of the disease? Also, what are the ways that you can treat or control it before it becomes a handy-cap for you? Here is a short guide to make you aware of the chronically painful condition.
Arthritis is the inflammation of joints. It can occur in a number of regions like knees, back, ankles, shoulders, jaws, elbows, hips and wrists etc. There are many types of arthritis like osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, infectious arthritis and others.
When a person is developing osteoarthritis, they may experience joint pain as well as stiffness in the joint. It is not an overnight occurrence but takes place gradually over the years. In case of rheumatoid arthritis there is painful swelling of the joints and inflammation that might become visible. Some symptoms of infectious arthritis can be fever, tenderness and inflammation of the joints, pain and shivering. Children might also develop some form of rheumatoid arthritis which is indicated by the onset of fever, anemia, weight loss, loss of appetite and rashes on arms and legs.
A person should immediately consult a doctor if s/he experiences the following signs:
Arthritis is said to progress with age and become more painful, sometimes even leading to physical deformity. It is recommended to see a doctor if any of the above symptoms are felt or seen, otherwise arthritis might seriously hinder daily life activities.
Studies show that arthritis is one of those conditions that can be successfully treated with acupuncture. When an arthritic patient consults an acupuncturist, the care provider would insert thin needles into carefully selected acu-point areas and then either twirl, energize electrically or warm them to produce the desired effect. This is done for an hour or several minutes depending on the level of pain and the condition of the progressing arthritis.
There are several treatment sessions in which the acupuncturist uses different combinations of points and various needle techniques. S/he will monitor the effectiveness of the sessions and then decide what works best in your case. The patient would need to have at least 5 to 10 sessions to notice some change in their condition.
The best thing about acupuncture is that it does not involve any use of medicine. You get to see a visible reduction in pain without taking any drugs. This reduces chances of side effects. Often people develop resistance to the many drugs they are administered by their doctors, and this can be avoided if you seek the care of an acupuncturist.