Acupuncture

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into a joint. Arthroscopy is a term that comes from two Greek words, arthro-, meaning joint, and -skopein, meaning to examine.

The benefits of arthroscopy involve smaller incisions, faster healing, a more rapid recovery, and less scarring. Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis and the patient is able to return home on the same day.

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Why is Arthroscopy necessary?

Diagnosing joint injury or a disease begins with a thorough medical history, physical examination, and usually X-rays. Additional tests such as an MRI, or CT scan also may be needed. Through the arthroscope, a final diagnosis is made which may be more accurate than through "open" surgery or from X-ray studies.

What are the joints that can be viewed with an Arthroscope?

Although the inside of nearly all joints can be viewed with an arthroscope, six joints are most frequently examined with this instrument. These include the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, hip, and wrist. As engineers make advances in electronic technology and orthopaedic surgeons develop new techniques, other joints may be treated more frequently in the future.

What are the conditions that can be treated by Arthroscopy?

Acupuncture is a procedure of inserting the needle tips at specific points on the skin to relieve pain or disease. It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. It is an ancient Chinese medical system and has been practiced there for thousands of years.

The acupuncture needles are made up of stainless steel and come in various lengths and width. They are very thin and solid and have a finely tapered point as opposed to a beveled cutting edge point.

The most common injury with the use of acupuncture needles is unintentional puncture of the lung resulting in partial collapse of the lungs; a condition known as pneumothorax. The other possible adverse effects include liver infection (viral hepatitis) and bacterial infection at the site of needle insertion.

Mechanism

When acupuncture needle is inserted into acupuncture points, it stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, brain and spinal cord. These chemicals provide local inhibition of the incoming pain signal.

In addition to causing effects in the spinal cord, the nerve impulse is also transmitted to the mid –brain, where brain chemicals are released. These chemicals play a role in suppressing the transmission of pain impulse.

Acupuncture is being commonly used for prevention and treatment of various disease conditions, pain management and anesthetic effect for surgery.

The medical conditions for which acupuncture is employed include:

  • Headache
  • Addiction
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Myofascial pain
  • Low back pain
  • Asthma