Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
It is a great idea to start acupuncture treatment. It helps release your join pain quickly and painlessly. If the joint pain was affected by energy pathway blockage, acupuncture is the best way to solve it.
Wish your joints to be pain free sooner. Have a great day,
Huan Wen Fang
Yes, acupuncture is very effective in joint pain and in some conditions that can’t even be resolved completely. For chronic conditions, it’s best as a management tool for the pain.
The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. This is why acupuncture works well for all types of pain in the body.
We'd be more than happy to help manage your joint pain!
Some pain takes more treatment than the others.
If you've had any imaging (X-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.) make sure you bring those results along to your first appointment. An acupuncturist is going to diagnose from the perspective of Chinese medicine, but having that information available can often help them figure out a treatment approach.
Some practitioners will use more than just needles i.e. moxibustion (burning an herb on the needle or around the joint), scraping, healing salves, patches, herbs, etc. This will all depend on the initial cause of your problem, again, it may take time, but you really should start to feel some relief even with the first treatment.
Aleksandra Dianova, L.Ac.
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Mari Mengarelli, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist
Acupuncture does help with joint issues, including arthritis.
Scott Sang In LeeChun Am Acupuncture천암 한의원
Best of luck,
Dr. Holly Hollister (PhD, NCCAOM, LAC)
In health and wellness,
Lisa M. Hicks
Effectiveness studies in acupuncture show promise with joint pain. The skill of the acupuncturist, as with any provider, is important as well. I recommend at minimum a Master's level of profession.
Multi-modality approaches are the most effective, which include physical therapy and, if needed, weight loss. Physiatrists are the most qualified providers to oversee a complete program.
Ideally, you will see improvement on your first visit. "Improvement" meaning a reduction in pain, not necessarily pain-free after one treatment. Sometimes it takes 2-3 treatments to initiate a positive response, so you may have to be a little bit patient. If you get no results at all after 3 or 4 treatments, chances are this particular form of acupuncture might not do the trick for you. This does not mean that another acupuncturist, using a different approach, might not be successful, but most patients will not tend to seek another acupuncturist if the first try failed, which is a pity.
That said, medicine (any medical modality) is a statistical, not an exact science, and no matter how many times we treat a certain condition with success, there is always a possibility of failure. Acupuncture does not have harmful side effects, so "failure" in this case means "no improvement," but there is no other risk.
Erin Piccola, MSTOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM
Good luck and I’m always here if needed.
David G. Hanley, Dipl. OM
Thank you for contacting me!
Thank you for your question. Yes, acupuncture is very effective at treating joint pain.
Amy Gendron, AP
Hope this helps give you a sense of how things can work. Best of luck,