Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of knee pain. In fact clinical studies have found that, acupuncture is superior to physical therapy in  the relief of knee pain. If you are suffering with knee pain give acupuncture a try, it is safe, effective and natural. But lets find out more about knee pain first.

Knee pain is one of the most common, and debilitating conditions of the lower limbs. In the United States knee pain is one of the leading causes of mobility impairment in older adults. Knee pain is the main symptom that drives the patient to seek medical attention. Knee pain is cause by any one of a variety of reasons; the most common are biomechanical disfunctions caused by traumatic injury, such as ruptured  ligaments or torn cartilage. Besides Injury, knee pain can be caused by medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, gout and infection.

Knee Osteoarthritis

Of the medical conditions, knee osteoarthritis is the most common and chronic cause of knee pain. According to the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project data, in a person’s lifetime there is a ~45% risk of developing knee osteoarthritis, 40% for men and 47% for women. This risk increases to 65% among the obese population.

Pharmacological Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis

Pharmacological treatment for knee osteoarthritic pain is limited. Over the Counter (OTC) pain medications consists of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as such as naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Motrin). It is noteworthy to point out that NSAID’s medicines can sometimes cause stomach problems. Most common prescription medications for knee osteoarthritis are COX-2 inhibitors, and Hyaluronic acid and corticosteroid injections.

Lifestyle and Home Remedies

Besides medications, life style changes can help patients suffering with Knee Osteoarthritis. Some of these changes include:

  • Maintaining a healthy body weight, can reduce the stress on the knee joint.
  • Regular moderate exercise aids by helping preserve a normal range of motion of the joints, encourages muscle strength, and reduce swelling.
  • Stretching helps by loosening the joints, reduces, and prevents symptoms during the day. Low impact activities such as Yoga and Tai Chi have been found to be beneficial for patients with Knee Osteoarthritis.
  • Knee Taping, Therapeutic Knee taping can reduce pain by providing support and reducing stress of the knee joint.
  • Over the Counter Pain Creams can provide soothing temporary relief of osteoarthritis  knee pain.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Other alternative therapies include Physical therapy, massage, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and other relaxation therapies.

Studies suggest that acupuncture is superior to physical therapy in the management of osteoarthritic pain when combined with other medications, or, in some cases, in place of pain medication altogether.


The acupuncture procedure for the treatment of knee pain consists of applying very thin needles above and below the knee joint on very specific points. Modern research has shown that these acupuncture points correspond to neurovascular bundles. The needles are then attached to an electrical stimulator, and a gentle pulse is used to stimulate the neurovascular bundles of the leg. The stimulation of these bundles promotes de release of neuropeptides in the Central Nervous System (CNS), which in turn elicit physiological changes and activate a self-healing mechanism.

If you are interested in trying acupuncture and you are in the San Antonio Area, give us a call at 210-521-8100 to schedule your appointment.

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