Acupuncture relieves knee pain!

Our knees, often taken for granted until they go wrong, are powerful joints daily taking a lot of weight and often considerable forces to boot. As such they deserve care and maintenance and if they should start to go wrong early treatment is vital.

There are a number of common injuries; causes of knee pain and loss of joint function. They can broadly be divided into three – acute injuries, chronic conditions and operative recovery.

Acute injury – often caused through stress movement, such as in sports, but may come on merely from an innocuous movement such as a twist whilst walking. The knee will be more prone to injury if there is weakness or imbalance in the stabilising muscles above and below the knee. In the initial acute cycle R.I.C.E. applies – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. With acupuncture we work to improve the circulation locally and use distal points on the hands and feet to manage specific pain areas. We may prescribe a cooling herbal plaster to apply to the area.

Chronic dysfunction and pain – arises either when an acute injury or a number of acute injuries in succession are not fully resolved and leave an imprint of dysfunction on the joint. Injury often further weakens an existing weakness. More internal causal factors – such as arthritis and soft tissue dysfunction – can also result in chronic pain. We often hear that someone has arthritis of the knee when in actual fact the acute arthritis came and went years ago leaving the long term imprint of chronic joint damage and pain.

Acupuncture, massage and a tailored exercise programme will usually help get the pain under control. It will depend on the level of permanent damage to the joint how much functional recovery is achievable. Treatment will concentrate on