Acupuncture and Knee Pain in Brunswick MD or Lovettsville VA
You are having trouble getting up and down stairs, or in or out of your office chairs.
Or you want to exercise, but this annoying twinge in your knee just won’t go away.
You’ve been told you should replace your knee but you aren’t certain if surgery is the right answer.
Have you considered acupuncture for your knee pain?
If not, here are some thoughts to consider.
What are the causes of knee pain?
There are two main causes: injury or inflammation.
Injuries can include:
- Swollen or torn ligaments, often labeled by initials. (ACL, MCL, etc.)
- “Runner’s knee”- caused by overuse of the knee in sports.
- Tears in the cartilage, or meniscus of the knee.
- Bone chips- where pieces of bone become lodged inside the joint, irritating the tissues.
- Iliotibial (IT) band syndrome- pain along the iliotibial band on the outside of the thigh, leading to pain in the outer part of the knee.
Inflammation types can include:
- Bursitis- swelling and pain in the bursae, sacs of fluid inside the joint that help to cushion it. Usually caused by overuse, especially kneeling.
- Osteoarthritis- related to aging (usually over age 60) or a past injury
- Rheumatoid arthritis –autoimmune arthritis
- Tendonitis- pain and swelling in the tendons around the knee.
How can acupuncture help knee pain?
A 2012 review of 14 randomized controlled trials showed acupuncture provided significantly better pain relief and improved function versus sham acupuncture or standard care. Acupuncture works to reduce swelling and inflammation in the body over time. It makes your body less reactive. While it cannot correct structural issues like bone chips, it can help improve the healing process from a tear or injury or even surgery of the knee.
What course of treatment will I need for my knee pain?
Individuals vary- if there is no structural issue and the main problem is pain and swelling, usually once a week for 4-6 weeks will show definite improvement in the knee. (Reduced pain, increased range of motion and the ability to resume most activities.)
With underlying structural issues, surgery, auto-immune or other complications, acupuncture can be a great complementary adjunct to orthopedic and other Western medical interventions. It can reduce pain and swelling and reduce the recovery time post-surgery. In these cases, initial visits may be twice a week the first few weeks, then spread out to once a week.
Will insurance cover acupuncture for my knee pain?
This depends on your insurance plan. We are happy to check your insurance when you come in for your free 30-minute consult. We will review your unique situation and create a customized treatment plan for your knee pain.
Schedule your FREE consult on your unique situation in our office in historic downtown Brunswick Maryland, close to the MARC station and convenient to Lovettsville, VA and Harpers Ferry, WV.
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