Acupuncture for Knee Pain
Knee pain is a fairly common complaint among both children and adults. The knee is the largest joint in the body. Because of its size, and because it is such a complex structure, it is also one of the most frequently injured joints. Knee injuries can be caused by several factors. Most complaints of knee pain result from some form of trauma, such as a torn or ruptured ligament; a broken or fractured kneecap; torn cartilage; or an accident that causes damage to the area or strains the knee beyond its normal range of motion.
Acupuncture is effective in relieving certain type knee pain, especially arthritic conditions of the knee and knee joint. For arthritis, osteoarthritis acupuncture decreased pain and stiffness levels and increased muscle strength and flexion in the knee. Patient with patellofemoral pain syndrome might benefit from weekly acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is beneficial in reducing knee pain, stiffness and physical disability in patients with knee and knee-related problems. It can ease the discomfort some subjects feel while waiting for knee surgery, and in some cases, it may even be considered an alternative to surgery.