Osteoarthritis - also known as degenerative joint disease -- occurs when the cartilage that covers the tops of bones degenerates or wears down. This causes swelling, pain, and sometimes the development of bone spurs when the ends of the two bones rub together.
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and reduced range of motion. Acupuncture can increase the range of motion in your joint(s) and reduce the pain. Regular acupuncture treatments can reduce the frequency and intensity of recurring arthritic pain and replace your need for medications that can be harmful to your liver and kidneys.