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Arthritis

Bay Natural Medicine

Minna Yoon, ND, LAc

Naturopathic Doctor & Acupuncturist located in Inner Sunset, San Francisco, CA

Individuals with arthritis in the Inner Sunset and neighboring areas of San Francisco, California can see Dr. Minna Yoon, ND, LAc at Bay Natural Medicine. Dr. Yoon uses her naturopathic and acupuncture experience to provide therapies to improve your quality of life with arthritis.

Arthritis Q & A

What is arthritis?

Arthritis affects more than 50 million people in America, ranking it the #1 cause of disability in our country. Arthritis is a term that refers to inflammation of the joints. The term does not describe just one condition, but a group of more than 100 conditions that involve joint pain or joint disease. With arthritis pain and inflammation occurs where the bones rub against each other. Joint pain from arthritis is common in the knees, elbows, shoulders, wrists, fingers, and toes. The primary symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and decreased the range of motion that worsens with age. The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout.

Can you cure arthritis?

Arthritis cannot be cured. However, some research has shown that early detection and aggressive treatment of this condition can stop its progression. The primary goal of arthritis treatment is to preserve joint functioning and improve the person’s quality of life.

How can I live with arthritis?

Most people who suffer from arthritis take prescribed medications provided by their doctors. These medications are directed at alleviating the inflammation and pain associated with the condition. Still, many people may have to try a variety of treatments or use a combination of treatments to enjoy improvements in their symptoms.

In addition to topical and oral medications, physical therapy, or surgery, the symptoms of arthritis may be relieved with various complementary approaches using natural medicine. Dr. Minna Yoon at Bay Natural Medicine will consult with you on an individual basis to decide which approaches might work for you.

In general, many people with arthritis find that making lifestyle changes like keeping their weight down, exercising, and reducing stress help to improve arthritis. What’s more, other holistic therapies like acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, massage, and dietary supplements prove successful for many people.