Osteoarthritis(OA) is the most common joint disease of humans. The primary changes in OA begin in the cartilage, but over time often has a direct impact on other parts of the joint. The following are the most common risk factors for OA.
- Female Sex
- Genetic Factors
- Major joint trauma
- Repetitive stress, e.g. vocational
- Congenital/developmental defects
- Prior inflammatory joint disease
- Metabolic/endocrine disorders
At Healing Choices, we have a rehabilitation focus. It is essential to work with each on these risk factors that are modifiable to better address the underlying contributing cause of the problem. Although medications may assist with short term symptom control, they may not be without risk for many individuals. It is the philosophy at Healing Choices that an individual assessment be undertaken to explore all reasonable treatment options(including a surgical referral when necessary) with the goal of decreased pain and improved function while minimizing the need for prescription or over the counter drugs whenever possible.
A large randomized double blind study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrated favorable results with patients suffering with OA of the knee. In addition to acupuncture,we have access to a skilled physical therapy and pool therapy, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, and clinical expertise in the area of nutritional/herbal and homeopathic approaches.