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Osteoarthritis: Non-invasive Treatment OptionsOsteoartritis: Opciones de tratamiento no invasivas

Osteoarthritis: Noninvasive Treatment Options

These therapies may help relieve pain and stiffness. If you decide to try one of these therapies, look for a licensed or accredited practitioner. Also, keep in mind that these therapies may have an effect on other treatment you are receiving. Always tell every healthcare provider what other kinds of treatment you are using.

Acupuncture and Acupressure

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese technique. It uses small needles inserted in certain places on the body. Acupressure is similar, but uses pressure instead of needles. These techniques may stimulate the body's natural painkillers.


Therapeutic massage may help you and your muscles relax. It may also improve circulation and help joints stay more flexible. Look for a certified massage therapist. Many are trained to treat sore muscles that result from joint pain and stiffness.


Some people believe that certain dietary supplements may help people with arthritis. But be careful: Herbs, vitamins, and other supplements may have an effect on medications you are already taking. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before trying a supplement.


Certain functions of the body, such as rate of breathing and heartbeat, are usually automatic. Biofeedback is a way of learning to control some of these functions. It may help in reducing stress and coping with pain.

Date Last Reviewed: 2005-05-31T00:00:00-06:00

Date Last Modified: 2004-05-03T00:00:00-06:00


Dr West took such wonderful care of my husband Dick and that care extended his life by years. I continue to be fortunate to have him helping me to stay healthy. I wish there was a way for everyone to experience that quality of medicine.

By the way in the last two days this office is the only place that took my temperature before they would let me in. Shell Point and another doctors' office just ask you the questions as to where you have been lately.

Keep up the good work! PH

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