Painful and Stiff Joints

Each year, millions of people suffer from joint pain. It can be the most painful sensation of all, especially when our mobility is affected.

Arthritis is the most commonly diagnosed cause of painful joints, and there is plenty of research showing that acupuncture is an effective treatment method in helping arthritic patients.

Painful and stiff joints can also have many other causes, including:

  • Common cold
  • Degenerative disease
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Bursitis
  • Gout (not always found only in the big toe)
  • Infectious diseases
  • Injury, such as strains, sprains, fracture
  • Tendinitis
  • Unusual exertion or overuse

Diagnosing the problem is not difficult with modern technologies like X-rays, MRI's, bone scans, and blood and urine tests; relieving the pain can take more time and relieving pain is the main goal.

With correct diagnosis, treatment with acupuncture can be relatively easy but not without some detailed investigation. For example, arthritis can be caused by accumulated dampness with an external invasion of cold and heat. This would cause obstruction of meridian pathways which will affect the energy flow to the joint (Qi-Chi and blood). In this case, besides using acupuncture for the pain, draining dampness and strengthening the spleen (Chinese medicine believes the spleen is in charge of transportation in our body) are also required.

Sometimes, painful and stiff joints can be caused by life style rather than localized trauma. For example, people often wake up with pain in the neck, shoulders, knees or ankles as a result of exposure to cold air (wind invasions) from air conditioners or open windows. Besides regular acupuncture, cupping would also be considered in these cases.

Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes a multitude of causes for joint pain, therefore there are a multitude of treatments that can be administered.

At ACATCM, we are committed to providing results-driven premier quality care to our patients. To discuss your health and wellness needs, contact our College Clinic at: 403-286-8788.


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