Arthritis is a complex disorder that can occur at any age, but usually appears between the ages of 30 and 60.
Different types of arthritis carry different causes, risk factors, symptoms, and effects on the body, though they all cause consistent joint pain
The most common symptoms of arthritis include:
swelling, pain and heat in the joints, usually starting in the smaller joints of the hands or feet
stiffness in the joints, especially in the morning
persistent mental and physical tiredness (fatigue)
the same joints on both sides of the body being affected
Less common symptoms may include weight loss, inflammation of other body parts (such as the lungs or eyes) or rheumatoid nodules (fleshy lumps below the elbows or on hands or feet).
How does it work?
Acupuncture can relieve pain by diverting or changing the painful sensations that are sent to your brain from damaged skin tissues by stimulating your body’s own pain relieving hormones. Acupuncture can help you at any stage of your arthritis. Some patients experience permanent pain relief, while others use acupuncture to manage pain and make their acupuncture sessions part of their medical treatment plan.
Can be used alongside traditional methods
Tradionally GP's will prescribe:
Anti inflammatory drugs
Help of an NHS physio.