Arthritis a form of joint disorder that involves inflammation in one or more joints. It is a common problem that is easily aggravated by many causes. Arthritis may lead to immobility, pain, and depression. It may be caused from a combination of multiple problems including:

  1. Injury / trauma
  2. Muscle overuse / tightness
  3. Overweight
  4. Aging
  5. Lack of Cartilage
  6. Inflammatory disease
  7. Many other Causes

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease), a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and related autoimmune diseases. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection.

The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is joint pain. Pain is often constant, and may be localized to the joint affected. The pain from arthritis is from inflammation around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of the joint, muscle strains caused by forceful movements against stiff and painful joints, and from fatigue.

At Fontana Chiropractic and Acupuncture, we are experts in working with patients with arthritis . Let us help relieve the pain and other issues associated with arthritis.



Acupuncture has been clinically shown to decrease pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in this double-blind study.

Title: Acupuncture in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: a double-blind controlled pilot study.

Design: The study employs a randomized, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA), traditional Chinese acupuncture (TCA) and sham acupuncture (Sham) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. All patients received 20 sessions over a period of 10 weeks.

Measurements: Primary outcome is the changes in the pain score. Secondary outcomes included the changes in the ACR core disease measures, DAS 28 score and the number of patients who achieved ACR 20 at week 10.

Results: The number of tender joints was significantly reduced for the electroacupuncture and acupuncture groups. Physician’s global score was significantly reduced for the EA group and patient’s global score was significantly reduced for the TCA group. All the outcomes except patient’s global score remained unchanged in the Sham group.

Citation: Tam L, Leung P, Li T, Zhang L, Li E. Acupuncture in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: a double-blind controlled pilot study. BMC Complementary And Alternative Medicine [serial online]. November 3, 2007;7:35. Available from: MEDLINE with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed July 23, 2014.


Acupuncture and herbal medicine has been clinically shown to decrease pain and reduce the need for pain medicine in patients with osteoarthritis in this study.

Title: The Use of Glucosamine, Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens), and Acupuncture as Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Osteoarthritis.

Design: 122 patients suffering from knee and hip OA were given Acupuncture and harpadol daily for four months.

Results: Significant reduction in pain and significant decrease in use of NSAIDS and other pain-relieving medications among treatment groups.

Citation: Sanders M, Grundmann O. The Use of Glucosamine, Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens), and Acupuncture as Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Osteoarthritis. Alternative Medicine Review [serial online]. September 2011;16(3):228-238. Available from: Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed July 23, 2014.