Annals of Internal Medicine
An acupuncture needle is used to treat knee osteoarthritis.
New research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows acupuncture can dramatically decrease pain among patients suffering from osteoarthritis. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, which can affect people of any age and is thought to be an autoimmune disease, osteoarthritis is primarily a degenerative disease suffered by older individuals. NPR's Patricia Neighmond reports.