Knee pain usually arises from injury or degenerative problem. Conventional medicine uses drugs to reduce pain and inflammation or knee surgery to repair ligaments or replace knee joints. However, patients take on risks and possibly undergo lengthy rehabilitation with knee surgery.
As a safe and viable alternative, acupuncture can revitalize the energetic systems surrounding the knee, enabling the body to heal the knee tissues. The primary degenerative disease, osteoarthritis, is also called “degenerative joint disease.” This painful condition occurs when the cartilage, which provides a cushion between the knee bones, wears away.
The Healthcare Medicine Institute analyzed 14 clinical trials involving 3,835 patients and concluded on its website that “Acupuncture provided significantly better relief from knee osteoarthritis pain and larger improvement in function than sham acupuncture [or] standard care treatment.”
An ACL tear is one of the most debilitating knee injuries, in which case a knee-stabilizing ligament tears. Acupuncture helps to stabilize the knee muscles during the healing process and decrease pain and swelling.
Often when people say they’ve torn the cartilage of the knee, they’re referring to the meniscus. A torn meniscus occurs very commonly in sports participation and even in the motions everyday life. The meniscus is a crescent-shaped tissue that cushions the knee from the leg bones and allows a wide range or motion. The knee’s range of motion becomes limited, when the meniscus tears. When the tear is severe, conventional medicine recommends surgery. However, as in the case of other knee injuries, acupuncture can allow you to recover full function of the knee at a fraction of the cost and without the trauma of surgery. Without intervention, the meniscus can take a long time to heal because of limited blood flow into the area.
Acupuncture is extremely effective in healing the meniscus as it increases blood flow and energy circulation, speeding up the healing process. Cartilage tears of the knee occur from wear and tear. They affect the range of motion in the knee, since the patient will walk in such a way as to avoid pain. Acupuncture stabilizes the muscles of the knee to prevent their misuse. It also reduces pain and inflammation and speeds the healing process. Medial collateral ligament strain occurs when the two ligaments that stabilize the knee are strained. This injury occurs commonly, resulting in pain, swelling and limited movement. Acupuncture is employed to treat the pain, swelling and inflammation that occur as a result of the injury.
Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease, or growing pains, occurs when adolescents grow very quickly.
It occurs more frequently in boys than in girls and happens when the upper border of the shinbone (tibia) becomes inflamed because of the traction forces of rapid growth. Acupuncture helps to reduce the inflammation resulting from the traction and also helps lessen the traction forces. Runner’s knee, also called patella femoral syndrome, occurs frequently in, as you probably guessed, runners. This chronic condition arises from friction between the kneecap (patella) and the thighbone (femur). As a result, the thigh muscles become strained as they try to protect the knee. Acupuncture is very effective with runner’s knee, as it reduces pain and stimulates the muscles to ease tension, thereby reducing friction and allowing normal knee function.
Bursitis in the knee, also called prepatellar bursitis, occurs when the bursa, a fluid-filled sac at the lower end of the kneecap, becomes inflamed due to overuse. Acupuncture reduces the inflammation of this common injury and restores normal muscular tone in the area so that the friction is reduced, and healing can occur. Because of the large number of possible causes of knee pain, I discuss your health history with you and conduct a thorough examination of your knee and its tissues to determine the most expedient acupuncture remedy to will heal your knee quickly and restore complete function as quickly as possible.
“Acupuncture is often used for the treatment of chronic pain, and it may be particularly useful for pain from knee osteoarthritis.
In a study by researchers from the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture received five times a week for four weeks significantly reduced pain and improved stiffness in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
In this study, the improvements increased even more when acupuncture was combined with Chinese massage called Tui Na. Other research has also shown benefits, including one of the longest and largest studies on the topic to date.
More than 550 patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis took part in the 26-week trial. The participants were randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or self-help strategies recommended by the Arthritis Foundation (the latter served as a control group).
Significant differences in response were seen by week eight and 14, and at the end of the trial, the group receiving real acupuncture had a 40 percent decrease in pain and a nearly 40 percent improvement in function compared to baseline assessments — a 33 percent difference in improvement over the sham group.” — READ MORE