Craig Amrine L.Ac.
Acupuncture Improves Osteoarthritis of the Knee
If you’re over 40, around 23% of you are already struggling with knee arthritis. With each passing year, the numbers only get higher. Let’s help explain what this knee problem actually is. We’re specifically talking about OSTEOArthritis (as compared to rheumatoid arthritis). This is translated as “inflammation” of the joint. As a reminder, the term “inflammation” refers to an IMMUNE response where a flood of white blood cells and other infection fighting agents flood an area that is experiencing some level of irritation or trauma. The result is a puffy, and tender knee where it’s increase in pain and decrease in range of motion and function can really ruin our day.
With all the negative side effects of cortisone shots (which prematurely age the joint), are there better ways to treat osteoarthritis of the knee? A collection of studies shown in this article https://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/knee/acupuncture-for-knee-osteoarthritis explain how incredibly effective acupuncture can be treating knee arthritis. Acupuncture acts in several ways to help with knee pain. It can 1) Lower inflammation, 2) Increase blood flow, 3) Decrease pain. When you add in the tissue regenerating effect of cold laser therapy, we can not only decrease pain and inflammation, we can actually restore damaged tissue to increase functionality of the knees.