Joint pain is a blanket term for a large number of conditions related to the joints, caused by injury, infection, or arthritis. The Greek word for joint pain is arthralgia. The human body consists of over 200 bones and the tendons wrap over the joints and attach on the other side to enable movement. Where the nerves and the tendons chaff is where there can be pain. Some of these ailments have become household words (arthritis, bursitis and gout), but the majority of them are not mainstream terms, even for the medically sophisticated. Joint pain can come from such diverse issues as lupus, sports injuries, infections, medications, and vaccinations, to name a few.
The body chemistry can also trigger the nerves to feel pain. The mechanical movement of joints causes the nerves and chemistry and tendons to interact. The sensory nerves are the ones that talk pain. It is a signal that it is time to call your acupuncturist.
Acupuncture point sites may be chosen near the affected joints, and also other places, as well. We are interested in clearing causes, not just the localized pain spot. There is more to the iceberg than what you see above the surface, meaning the causes can be invisible and not felt, and in other areas along acupuncture pathways. We will look at your tongue and pulse diagnosis for more information as well as your own history, answering questions.