Acupuncture for Knee Pain
Knee pain is an affliction that effects many people across the country. People go to doctors, take NSAIDS, and may even have surgery. There is an easier and in many cases a more effective answer: acupuncture. Acupuncture is not the end all be all for knee pain, but for many athletes and active people that depend on their bodies to do their jobs (construction workers, plumbers, electricians, other) it is a miracle worker.
Knee pain is a common issue that affects people of all ages and activity levels. Injuries from sports or accidents and medical conditions such as arthritis, gout and infections are common sources of knee pain. When your knee hurts, the pain can interfere with your life and routine activities of daily living, making activities such as climbing the stairs, walking and bending difficult to impossible. While many types of pain resolve with rest and other self care measures, lingering pain often requires treatment by a health professional. Acupuncture is a well established and respected form of treating painful joints and confers many benefits compared to other treatments.
Research by medical scientists shows that for those who suffer from osteoarthritis, acupuncture is a proven way to resolve pain. Acupuncturist treatment for knee pain involves the insertion of very thin needles into pressure points at defined points on your body. These treatments can be used in combination with standard self-care treatments and medical treatments or as a stand-alone treatment. Now recognized as a mainstream branch of medicine, acupuncturist knee treatments have grown in popularity as a form of management for hurt knees.
During a typical treatment, your practitioner will ask you questions about the onset, duration and severity of your pain. He may ask you what activities trigger the painful sensations and if anything you have done has reduced your pain level. The treatment usually lasts for about one hour, during which the acupuncturist inserts about 10 needles into and around your knee joint. You will rest this way for about 30 minutes for the pressure points to be sufficiently stimulated. After he removes each of the needles, the acupuncturist may also perform a soft tissue massage and stretch your knee joint to release the energy. You may need to return as often as several times weekly or as infrequently as monthly depending on the severity and frequency of how often your knee hurts. You may need treatments for a duration of one to two months to fully relieve your pain. The acupuncturist may give you exercises or instructions to complete at home to continue with your treatment plan.
There are many health benefits to acupuncture treatment for your knees. If you have a medical condition that causes a contraindication for use of certain pain relievers and other medications, acupuncturist knee treatments avoid unwanted interactions and side effects that can develop with medication use. After each treatment, you should find that your pain lessens and your knee functions improve. After acupuncturist treatments, your knees should feel better for a longer duration of time between visits. Many health insurance plans cover acupuncturist treatments performed by specific providers, which may significantly lower your cost of pain relief. Because acupuncturist treatments have been in use for more than 2,000 years around the world, the risks of treatment are well known and are minimal in nature. Very few people experience any negative effects after an acupuncturist treatment for painful knees compared to other forms of medical care.