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What are some alternative therapies for osteoarthritis?

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Acupuncture, which puts needles into specific points in your body, may ease pain and inflammation from your osteoarthritis. Another alternative therapy is transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). It uses electrodes to send electrical impulses to nerve pathways. This lessens some types of pain.

There's also NMES, or neuromuscular electrical stimulation. Instead of just stimulating the nerves, NMES includes the muscle tissue that supports the joint, as well. Studies show it works really well for osteoarthritis, especially in the knee.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "The Mind-Body Connection: Visualizing Better Health," “Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis,” “Electrical Stimulation for Knee Osteoarthritis,” “Magnets, Copper Don’t Ease RA.”

Mayo Clinic: "TENS therapy: An Option for Fibromyalgia Treatment?" “Osteoarthritis,” "Can Glucosamine Supplements Protect My Knee Cartilage From Osteoarthritis?" "Chondroitin sulfate: Background and Evidence."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Copper."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Arthritis of the Shoulder."

American College of Rheumatology: "Herbal Remedies, Supplements & Acupuncture for Arthritis," “Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 25, 2017

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: "The Mind-Body Connection: Visualizing Better Health," “Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis,” “Electrical Stimulation for Knee Osteoarthritis,” “Magnets, Copper Don’t Ease RA.”

Mayo Clinic: "TENS therapy: An Option for Fibromyalgia Treatment?" “Osteoarthritis,” "Can Glucosamine Supplements Protect My Knee Cartilage From Osteoarthritis?" "Chondroitin sulfate: Background and Evidence."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Copper."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Arthritis of the Shoulder."

American College of Rheumatology: "Herbal Remedies, Supplements & Acupuncture for Arthritis," “Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables."

Reviewed by David Zelman on March 25, 2017

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