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All types of arthritis can cause severe and chronic pain which can have a profoundly disabling effect on the sufferer. Osteoarthritis (often, perhaps incorrectly, referred to as 'wear and tear' arthritis) is by far the most common type of arthritis.

Though acupuncture is unable to 'cure' arthritis, is can be extremely helpful in relieving the debilitating pain that this condition can cause.

Acupuncture can relive the pain of arthritis in
many joints, including the knee, hip, and thumb, though the evidence is particularly strong for osteoarthritis of the knee.
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Between 6 and 12 treatments may be required to get on top of the pain.

Occasional 'top-up' treatments may be required in the long-term as acupuncture cannot cure arthritis, but can only relive the pain of the condition.

Nevertheless, acupuncture can be
sufficiently effective in relieving the pain for sufferers who had been on the waiting list for joint replacement surgery to no longer need the operation.