Acupuncture can be beneficial for post-radiation joint pain. In some individuals, after the cancer treatments have ended, they begin to experience post-radiation joint pain. This type of pain is caused by a combination of scare tissue forming after treatment and the radiation damaging the joint tissue. The formation of scar tissue, damaged to tendons, ligaments, and muscles can lead to chronic pain and weakness seen in this condition. Acupuncture focuses on supporting the affected joints by improving circulation, decreasing pain and inflammation. East Asian bodywork can also be utilized to improve range of motion and flexibility. The combination of acupuncture and bodywork supports the joints and overall health.


Dr. Derek Kirkham, DAOM, MS, EAMP, LAc is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural health Center.