The ankle joint is affected by arthritis much less often than other joints. When patients have ankle arthritis, they have worn out the joint between the shin bone (tibia) and ankle bone (talus), also called the tibiotalar joint.What do you do if you have severe pain from an arthritic ankle and you aren't a good candidate for surgery? You need relief from the pain and some way to improve function in that ankle. You are overweight and haven't been able to lose it. Or you've tried antiinflammatories but couldn't tolerate the side effects and exercise helped but not enough.
Acupuncture has been done successfully with the knee. After a few sessions, patients report considerable relief from pain. And with pain relief and improved ability for the joint to slide and glide comes a return in the ease of motion. We wondered how well does this technique work for the ankle?
Actually,The results were very encouraging. Patients improved in all areas, used less pain medication, and rated their satisfaction high. There were no serious side effects either!
Acupuncture for ankle osteoarthritis is safe and effective. It would yield some additional helpful information for patients looking for an alternative approach to surgery.Using acupuncture for arthritis ankle pain can be quite costly, as it requires 2-3 sessions per week. You need to be sure that it is really helping you before you make a decision to have long-term treatment. At first it will alleviate pain for a short period but as you continue treatment you will then find you only need treatments once a month. The body is meant to repattern itself and break the cycle of pain. This means that the more you use this treatment the more effective it will be according to advocates of the treatment.
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