If you have knee pain and are thinking of treatment options, this article will help you understand how acupuncture works for knee pain without drugs or surgery.
Conditions That Respond Well to Acupuncture
City Acupuncture clinics have completed over 85,000 acupuncture sessions since 2008. In our clinical experience, these are the 4 types of knee pain with which we have had the most success in treating with acupuncture.
Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage that cushions the joints begins to wear away. This can happen with age or overuse. It is therefore more common in older people or people who are overweight as their joints are put under greater pressure. Osteoarthritis is usually found in the weight bearing joints such as the knees and hips.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that the immune system fails to recognize the body's own tissues and begins to attack them. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, it attacks the joints. This causes swelling, stiffness and pain. It usually affects the joints of the fingers, wrists and toes.
Runner's knee is a painful condition that happens when the knee joint is irritated by a repetitive movement such as running. It can also happen due to exercises such as walking and cycling. The symptoms include swelling, aching and pain. One of the major causes of runner's knee is having weak or inflexible leg muscles, and strengthening and stretching are an important part of its treatment.
Water on the Knee
Water on the knee, also known as knee effusion, can be caused by a number of different conditions. Injuries, arthritis, gout, cysts and tumors can all cause water on the knee. The symptoms include pain, swelling, inflammation and stiffness.
The most common treatments for knee pain are painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroids and surgery. There are also many natural remedies for water on the knee and other types of knee pain.
Acupuncture for Knee Pain
Acupuncture for knee pain is a safe and natural way to manage symptoms and prevent knee problems from getting worse.
Acupuncture relieves pain by affecting the central nervous system and stopping pain signals from getting through to the brain. It also triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. These work in a similar way to opioid painkillers, but without any of the dangerous side effects.
Acupuncture also reduces inflammation and increases circulation to the treatment area which can speed up healing and reduce swelling and pain. It relaxes the muscles and is great for treating most musculoskeletal problems.
By making some lifestyle adjustments and trying remedies such as acupuncture for knee pain, it is possible to manage the symptoms of arthritis, runner's knee and water on the knee naturally. This will allow you to get back to your daily routine and live pain-free, reducing the need for medication or surgery.