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Acupuncture Effective Treatment Option For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Updated: Feb 5, 2022

Acupuncture is an effective treatment modality for the alleviation of Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disorder. Inflammation may occur in any location

(including internal organs); however, the hands and knees are among the most common regions affected by the disorder. In joints, inflammation affects synovial membranes causing fluid build-up and degradation. No singular blood test defines the diagnosis, although ESR, CRP, rheumatoid factor, and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies are tests are helpful in making a determination. Ultrasound, MRI, and X-ray imaging are also important tools for confirming a diagnosis.

The meta-analysis results indicate that acupuncture benefits patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Acupuncture prevents or slows joint destruction, reduces pain levels, and increases mobility. However, acupuncture is not presented as a cure. Nonetheless, acupuncture is an important treatment option that may significantly improve the quality of life. To learn more, contact a local licensed acupuncturist about treatment options.

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