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Q: I have had recurring hip pain for the last six years. At times the pain is so bad that I cannot walk, yet it hurts to sit too. Can you help?

A: Hip pain may result from trauma or overuse. Most commonly the problem is osteoarthritis. However, it could be muscle strain, inflammation of the bursa, lumbar disk herniation, ankylosing spondylitis or rheumatoid arthritis that are creating the pain.

About 86 million Americans have chronic pain that is not relieved by conventional medicine. There is a growing body of clinical evidence supporting the efficacy of acupuncture for pain relief. According to Dr. Bruce Pomeranz, a neurophysiologist, acupuncture stimulates the release of the body's own natural painkillers, endorphins. Repeated acupuncture potentiates the endorphin system, giving better results after each sequential treatment. The sooner you come in after the initial onset, the quicker you see positive results.

Today, acupuncture is being increasingly recommended by doctors at leading medical centers - and people are feeling relief. Acupuncture can successfully treat sports injuries, elbow, shoulder, back/muscle/disc, neck, wrist, hand, knee, leg and foot pain.


About the Author:

Jane McKee, MAcOM, L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist in Tigard, Oregon.  To learn more about Jane McKee or the Meridian Acupuncture Clinic, please visit http://www.meridianacupuncture.com