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Can acupuncture help in treating joint pain?

I am having a lot of joint pain and am planning to start acupuncture treatment. Do you think it will be effective?

52 Answers

Acupuncture is a natural treatment for pain relief.

Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
Yes, of course, acupuncture can help tremendously.
Acupuncture can relieve pain in the body.
Absolutely! One of acupuncture’s specialties is pain. By inserting needles in he painful area, we improve circulation and send signals to the brain to repair it.
Yes, Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating pain throughout the body.
Yes, it's very good for pain management.
Joint pain, for various reasons is mitigated with acupuncture therapy. However, depending on the presentation, we may recommend X ray/MRI to determine the extent of a structural condition and may suggest seeing someone who can address the severity of your health concern. For chronic pain syndromes, acupuncture therapy is an excellent choice!
Acupuncture can help with joint pain. It depends on your body and at what pain level you are at as to how often you'd need to see an acupuncturist. It is a common ailment I see patients for.

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
I suggest you schedule a consultation with an Acupuncturist in your area.
Usually joint pain is caused by some kind of arthritis and acupuncture can help to handle arthritis.
Of course. Not all acupuncturists are created the same. If at first you don't succeed, try another one. Good luck.
Absolutely! Joint pain and pain in general is one of the most popular uses of acupuncture. I treat it every week and patients always report a reduction of pain, if not complete relief.
Hi and thank you for the question!

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.
Absolutely! Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.

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!
You will be amazed at how much less pain you will have. Relax and enjoy the treatment.
Of course
If you go to the website of the National Institute of Health, you will find many research studies proved that acupuncture is beneficial for joint pain.
Some pain takes more treatment than the others.
Yes, acupuncture can be quite effective in the treatment of joint pain. There is a dose dependency in play; sometimes we hit the nail on the head and get great results on the first treatment. Other times it can take a few visits to get things moving in the correct direction. Most acupuncturists are pretty good at estimating what a course of treatment might look like, so don't be afraid to have this conversation with your provider.

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.
Of course I think it will be effective, I use acupuncture to treat all kinds of joint pain on a daily basis. Be aware though that sometimes treatments work immediately and sometimes it takes a few sessions for full results to manifest. So, please take time and listen to other advices your practitioner offers you such as stretching, diet, heat/cold/rest or other.

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.
Yes. Joint pain responds very well to acupuncture treatment. That being, said no diagnosis can be made without evaluating the patient. More information is needed, such as: cause, duration, quality of pain, etc. My best advice is get a consultation with a state licensed acupuncturist to be evaluated and treated.
Yes, it can be very effective.
Yes acupuncture will definitely help with joint pain. You should try a few treatments to see results.

Warm regards,

Aleksandra Dianova, L.Ac.
Acupuncture works very well for joint pain. It is sometimes helpful to use a Chinese medicine herbal formula as well, which will be based on your custom needs. Your licensed acupuncturist can help you with this.
Acupuncture is probably the best option to treat joint pain and it will also help to reduce inflammation. If you already have arthritis in a specific joint, acupuncture is not going to cure or restore the integrity of the joint, but it will slow down or stop further deterioration. Acupuncture decreases inflammation and increases blood flow, which will help to lubricate the joint and provide proper blood flow to the surrounding tissues.

Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Effectiveness will be determined by skill and knowledge of the practitioner. Acupuncture is exceptionally effective for almost any pain syndrome. Instant results during the very first treatment is the norm in my clinic. I employ the acupuncture knowledge of Dr. Richard Tan and have used his Balance Method Acupuncture 1-2-3 with great success for the last 14 years.

Mari Mengarelli, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist

Acupuncture does help with joint issues, including arthritis.


Scott Sang In LeeChun Am Acupuncture천암 한의원 
This area of health is complicated. But, I've seen acupuncture and proper supplementing do wonders for joint pain. Finding the underlying cause is critical as well as addressing the brain changes that have occurred if the pain is over 6 months in duration. The brain can continue to make pain long after the joint is healed. Give it time, but if you aren't getting results, call my office and I'll try to point you in the direction of a practitioner that can help with the central sensitization.

Best of luck,

Dr. Holly Hollister (PhD, NCCAOM, LAC)
Yes, acupuncture definitely helps for different types of joint pain. How many treatments you need depends on how bad your joint damage is.
I believe it will help. How much pain relief you get depends on whether your joint pain is a musculoskeletal issue or joint structural issue.

In health and wellness,

Lisa M. Hicks
Thank you for your question.

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.

Be well,

Yes. A lot of research supports it.
Acupuncture is a very effective form of natural medicine to treat any type of pain and has been shown to be highly effective in relieving joint pain.
Acupuncture has a good rate of success with joint pain. It is certainly worth trying, whether it is an arthritis (osteo or rheumatoid), a ligament/tendon disorder, gout, or some other condition.

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.
My approach includes spirit, mind and body. In my experience, Acupuncture can be very effective in treating inflammatory conditions of the body. A review of stressors in your life and dietary considerations would help understand the roots of the problem and assist in determing a course of treatment.
Joint pain in any form can benefit from acupuncture needling, mainly by improving the blood and body fluid circulation and reducing inflammation. It can be really effective.
Yes, most definitely. Acupuncture works very well for pain of any form. The acupuncture physician will do an evaluation on your first visit and most likely will find an appropriate diagnosis for your joint pain. The amazing thing about acupuncture is the treatments are not solely focused on the pain; it also addresses the root cause of the pain, which makes the acupuncture treatment even more effective and can affect other areas such as your well-being all at the same time. Go get your acupuncture treatment! I believe you will be pleasantly surprised. :-)
Even without understanding the specifics of your joint pain, I can tell you that acupuncture is very effective for pain relief. Regular treatment can also help promote healing and reduce inflammation in the joints.

Erin Piccola, MSTOM, L.Ac., Dipl.OM
Hello, sorry to hear you are in pain. Joint pain could potentially be relieved with acupuncture treatments. It’s a common ailment that I treat at my clinic. A majority of my clients obtain relief, but I would have to diagnose where and why you have the pain first. If your tongue has a thick, yellow or white coat on the back, then I would start decreasing your amounts of dairy. Then, you should look into an acupuncturist in your area.

Good luck and I’m always here if needed.

David G. Hanley, Dipl. OM
It depends on the cause of the joint pain, but yes, acupuncture in general helps with pain. Certain arthritic pain acupuncture cannot reverse, but it will help ease the pain and prevent from progressing as easily.
Thank you for contacting me!

Live happy,

Depending on the nature of the pain. In my experience, most joint pain can be alleviated by acupuncture.
Yes. Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and relieve tight, stiff tendons and ligaments.
Yes, acupuncture treatment can help to relieve joint pain like ankle, shoulder, knee, elbow, etc.
Good evening,

Thank you for your question. Yes, acupuncture is very effective at treating joint pain.


Amy Gendron, AP
Why not? Your fluid is not enough in your body or there's too much heat in your body. Also, one of your body's elements is not working right now. Visit nearest acupuncture office. Your symptom is getting good.
Yes, acupuncture will help.
Yes, I think acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments for joint pain.
Every BODY is different, which is why acupuncture treatments are tailored specifically to your body and your healthcare needs. Because of this, it is hard to say how your body will respond to treatment, however, most people do experience relief after acupuncture treatments.
There is a high probability that acupuncture will be very effective for joint pain. In my clinic, we identify the joints and muscles affected. We also use pulse, ear, and thermal cues to accurately diagnose the client's constitution and how that may impact their therapy. Then, using imagery and channel relationship, we can quickly identify the best route of therapy. With the insertion of small needles, we can often achieve rapid relief of symptoms while needles are in place. I may add herbal therapy to complement our treatment. Depending on the length of injury and the client's constitution, repeated treatments will be needed to reinforce and sustain the pain relief. I typically treat clients twice a week till they report being 80-90 percent better. At this point, treatments drop down to weekly and then the client graduates from our clinic.

Hope this helps give you a sense of how things can work. Best of luck,

At our clinic we treat joint pain everyday and have great success. The best course of action is to get started right away. The longer the joint pain has been there the more treatments required. To your better health!