Arthritis is a prevalent issue among acupuncture patients. The most prevalent diagnosis in this broad group is osteoarthritis, which is a chronic inflammation and deterioration of the articular cartilage. It is most common in the major weight-bearing joints, although it is also noticeable in the joints of the hands and fingers. Spurring occurs as a result of cartilage breakdown and inflammation in and around the joints.
Acupuncture treats inflammation, muscle guarding, and tension that develop around joint spaces. This reduction in tension results in less joint discomfort and a significant reduction in pain. Despite the presence of spurs, there is strong data to suggest that there is a significant reduction in pain levels that lasts as treatment advances.