Why you should consider acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis pain?
Acupuncture instead of surgery or while on the waiting list
Acupuncture may reduce the symptoms and delay the need for surgery
In 2012 in researchers from UK investigated how acupuncture can help patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. They recruited 90 patients who were waiting for knee surgery. After the course of acupuncture, patients reported
- Less pain
- Less stiffness
- Could walk easier, or climb the stairs.
Of these 90 patients, at least 31 improved enough so that they didn’t need the knee replacement for at least two years. Clinically, we would recommend repeating the course of acupuncture at that point, hoping that we can delay the surgery for another couple of years.
In other studies, acupuncture had a greater effect on both pain and knee function than analgesics or usual care.
Acupuncture is noninvasive
After acupuncture, you can resume daily activities right away. No need for lengthy recovery and walking on crutches. Unlike recovery after the surgery, acupuncture is not painful. Even needle phobic patients feel comfortable during treatments at our clinic. Watch what our patients say.
Acupuncture is safe
Acupuncture is safer than drugs
Acupuncture has an advantage over nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other OA medications. It lacks any significant side effects. The adverse side effects of those drugs are way worse. To name a few: stomach pain and heartburn, stomach ulcers, headaches, and dizziness, ringing in the ears, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure.
Furthermore, acupuncture can be used in conjunction with drugs to improve effectiveness. When compared acupuncture plus topical ibuprofen with ibuprofen alone acupuncture group experienced less pain, had better knee function and less stiffness.
Acupuncture is safer than surgery:
As with any surgery, you may experience serious side effects like infection, swelling, blood clots, pulmonary embolism, nerve or other tissue damage. After the knee replacement, you may be more prone to a bone fracture (even after a light fall) and dislocation of the knee. If one of these happens you may need another surgery to fix it.
Acupuncture is a Cost-Effective Solution for Osteoarthritis
Several studies into the cost-saving effect of acupuncture show that patients experience a long time relief and can postpone the surgery. The initial appointment costs are significantly less expensive than seeing a specialist and patients spend less money on drugs because their pain is reduced significantly.
American College of Rheumatology recommendations for osteoarthritis of the knee includes acupuncture. Did your GP recommend acupuncture?