Osteoarthritis is the wearing away of the cartilage coating the bones at a joint. As the cartilage deteriorates, bone rubs on bone, causing inflammation and pain. Many individuals tend to respond by moving the joint less, avoiding stress to the area. This often causes muscular weakness and imbalances which pull the joint out of proper alignment, resulting in further deterioration. It is a vicious cycle for which there is no cure.
There are nearly as many approaches to treating arthritis as there are sufferers of the syndrome. Western medicine addresses the symptoms, attempting to relieve the pain, inflammation, and joint instability. Eastern medicine addresses the cause of the symptoms, attempting to balance blood and energetic nourishment to the joints. At Golden Leaf, I combine both approaches, relieving symptoms while enhancing the body’s natural healing abilities. I do this by combining acupuncture, physical therapy modalities, nutritional recommendations and supplements, and appropriate topical ointments. I also emphasize patient education regarding appropriate exercise levels, care of the joints, and prevention of further damage. If you’re suffering from arthritis, call Golden Leaf and find out what we can do together to help you to feel good again!