Osteomyelitis is a medical term for a bone infection usually caused by bacteria. Osteomyelitis usually affects the long bones in the legs, but other bones , such as those in the back or arms can also be affected.
Osteomyelitis can be acute or chronic. However, the common symptoms of any infection are pain and a high temperature. The symptom of acute myelitis include sudden fever, severe bone pain, swelling, redness, general malaise, tenderness in the affected area. And the symptoms of chronic osteomyelitis are; bone pain, persistent fatigue, local swelling, skin changes, excessive sweating, and chills.
Osteomyelitis is mostly caused by staphylococcus bacteria which is found on the skin or in the nose. The germs can enter the bone :
– Through the bloodstream
– Through infected tissues or a prosthetic joint
– Open wounds
Related Acupuncture Points :
ST31 KI10 GB31 BL11 LV6 SP12 GV3
Acupuncture Treatment For Osteomyelitis
Acupuncture can be a useful complimentary treatment for osteomyelitis alongside conventional medicine. Acupuncture targets the 12 acupoints. Among them are BL40, BL60, GB34, and ST36 (bilateral). A needle size of 0.25 mm x 40 mm is used in this treatment. After being inserted to the appropriate acupoints, the therapist will give stimulation by his/her hand. The needles stay in place for up to 25 minutes. The acupuncture sessions are performed three times per week for three weeks (nine times in total).4
- Osteomyelitis: Background, Anatomy, Pathophysiology, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1348767-overview
- Osteomyelitis – Symptoms – NHS Choices, http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Osteomyelitis/Pages/Symptoms.aspx
- Osteomyelitis Causes – Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteomyelitis/basics/causes/con-20025518
- Acupuncture in Patients with a Vertebral Compression Fracture – NCBI, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4379479/