Electroacupuncture Relieves Knee Pain
A Norwegian research study has found that people with osteoarthritic knee pain may experience relief through electroacupuncture, low-level laser therapy, or electrical nerve stimulation.
Dr. Jan M. Bjordal and his team at Bergen University College analyzed data from 33 studies looking into the use of non-drug treatments for arthritis-related knee pain.
Patients who received these three treatments showed significant improvements in their experience of pain. The treatment benefits were sustained for as much as 8 weeks following treatment, as well.
Bjordal pointed out that unlike drug treatments, these three types of therapy have fewer and less severe side effects than the more commonly used drug treatments for osteoarthritic knee pain, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
Source: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, June 2007
Dr. Hooper’s Comment
It may come as a surprise to many, but electroacupuncture is highly effective for knee pain and discomfort. Usually, no matter how bad the knee has become.
A fact we see in the practice every day.
Many patients consult the practice for spinal complaints but forget about the wholistic benefits of some of the treatments we provide.
Acupuncture is a well know and effective modality for pain relief. But more importantly – Acupuncture assists in healing and speeding recovery.
When applied to damaged and painful joints, electroacupuncture increases blood flow in and around the soft tissue structures. Greater blood flow means faster healing and improved recovery times.
Indeed electroacupuncture is commonly used for all types of knee pain and other arthritic conditions.
It is important to tell me if your knee is painful and affecting your gait (the way you walk). Because if left untreated knee problems could upset your spine. If you knee pain restricts your movement and causes you to alter your gait over a long period, it will have a negative impact on your spine.
Electroacupuncture can be combined with natural medicine for even better results for osteoarthritis of the knee.
Also we have a comprehensive range of natural medicines available online and a the practice to assist in the treatment and prevention of arthritis.
Be sure to talk to me on your next consultation or use the online consultation allow me to point you in the right direction.
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