Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
Phone: (804) 301-1784
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Bringing Wisdom of Ancient China to US for Pain Management
  Joint Pain

Joint pain is a natural part of growing older. Joint pain is a leading adult disability, as is arthritis, which is frequently thought to be synonymous with joint pain. However, arthritis isn't the only cause of joint pain.

Bursitis Joint Pain

One example of non-arthritic joint pain is bursitis. Repetitive movement and extreme pressure can produce bursitis joint pain in elbows, knees, hips and shoulders. The prolonged movements involved in manual labor or assembly line work create the type of repetitive motions that inflame a joint's bursa with pain. The excessive pressure on knee joints experienced by roofers, carpet layers and gardeners are also occupational triggers of bursitis joint pain. The inflammation associated with bursitis joint pain can also be caused by an infection of the bursa with bacteria. This is a serious condition that should receive immediate medical attention since the infection can spread to the blood and throughout the body.

Arthritis, another Name for Joint Pain

Though arthritis is generally the culprit behind most joint pain, the exact cause can be one of over 100 different types arthritis. These include fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis to rare varieties of arthritis like ankylosing spondylitis, systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma.
Joint pain is generally a chronic condition. Unlike acute pain which is temporary and strikes immediately, joint pain is usually persistent and lingers for weeks and often years.

Osteoarthritis Joint Pain

Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, affects more than 20 million people. This type of joint pain strikes finger joints, knees, hips and the spine. It can also affect ankles, shoulders, elbows and wrists. Generally, the joints it attacks have experienced an injury in the past which triggers a breakdown in cartilage and subsequent pain and stiffness.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Joint Pain

It's estimated that about 1% of the US population, 2.1 million people, have rheumatoid arthritis. It's found two to three times more often in women than men. In this form of arthritis, the lining of various joints becomes inflamed (the word "arthritis" means join inflammation). Rheumatoid arthritis also affects the blood, lungs and heart.
Besides pain, the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis can produce stiffness, swelling and redness. Over time, joints may become so damaged that normal movement is impaired. This is a prolonged form of arthritis which can go into remission for periods of time and they suddenly flare up.
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Wang, Xiaoyan
Phone: (804) 301-1784