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Electro-acupuncture is the use of an electric current to augment standard acupuncture and stimulate qi (energy). It is a well tolerated treatment, that is offered at Port Moody Health.  There are a variety of applications for electro-acupuncture in addition to osteoarthritis, including chemo-induced nausea, menstrual pain, menstrual irregularities, headache and musculoskeletal pain.  To schedule your initial acupuncture visit with Dr. Catherine Multari, ND click on the Request an Appointment button.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that is characterized by breakdown of cartilage and bone, leading to pain, stiffness and a decreased quality of life.  In a recent study on patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, electro-acupuncture was shown to decrease pain and improve function significantly when compared to sham (placebo) acupuncture.  Patients were treated with electro-acupuncture three times a week for an 8 week duration.  Side effects were minimal and the most notable reaction was bruising following treatment, which was resolved shortly after. 

Source: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/941978?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=184731CN&impID=2716638&faf=1