Osteoarthritis is a painful condition characterized by the deterioration of cartilage in the joints that cushions the bones. Whether in the knees, in the spine or other joints, when the cartilage wears out the bones can begin to touch, resulting in stiffness and pain. While some osteoarthritis is a normal effect of aging, advanced osteoarthritis is often due to incorrect diet, lifestyle or unbalanced biomechanical movement patterns. Advil and Tylenol can help in the short term, but simply masking the pain of osteoarthris is not an effective long term strategy. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are proven to reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness in the joints, and in many cases restore pliability to the cartilage. Acupuncture can help to reverse or slow down degeneration in the joints, restore mobility, and resolve the pain.