Acupuncture works well for knee pain.  Some background on the subject is necessary.  The knee is a hinge-like joint and because it bears quite a bit of weight, it is likely that it will break down because of the weight it bears.  Each additional pound of fat a person carries adds about 3 pounds of excess pressure to the knee.  All that pressure breaks down the cartilage in the knees and eventually, that’s what causes the pain.  According to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons there will be a need for 3,000,000 knee replacements each year by the year 2030.  We will see next why choosing acupuncture for knee pain is a good idea.

Acupuncture for Knee Pain

Acupuncture for Knee Pain

Acupuncture For Knee Pain

In the last dozen years or so, there have been many research studies of good quality showing that acupuncture is very successful in treating knee pain.  The first study from 2004 was a study involving 570 subjects.  It came from the Annals of Internal Medicine.  Acupuncture was shown to be more effective than dummy (sham) acupuncture and a “knee pain class” in people who had osteoarthritis of the knee.


A much larger study from 2007 in the journal Rheumatology was performed by specialists who review studies.  They reviewed 13 large randomized clinical control trials.  The researchers concluded that acupuncture controlled pain much better than no dummy (sham) acupuncture or no treatment.

More Evidence that Acupuncture Helps With Knee Pain

The evidence for the fact that acupuncture helping to control knee pain continues to stack up:  In 2008, at two knee pain clinics in Hertfordshire, England; received acupuncture.  Those who stayed under care for one year and even two years had significant reductions in pain, increases in flexibility, and increases in overall function in their knees.

Another large study from 2012 which involved analysis of 14 randomized clinical control trials and 3,835 patients found that acupuncture offered considerably better relief from knee osteoarthritis pain as well as an increased improvement in function than dummy (sham) acupuncture, standard medical care, or watchful waiting.   Also noted was that acupuncture treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee is “better at relieving pain and restoring function” standard medical care and dummy (sham) acupuncture.

A New Study Shows How Acupuncture Helps With Knee Pain

A very recent study from Acupuncture in Medicine was performed on rats.  (Yes, we know, rats- with few exceptions- are not people.)  In the study the rats were given surgical damage which mimicked osteoarthritis damage.  One group of the rats was given electro-acupuncture in their little knees and surgical damage, one group received surgical damage, and the last group had dummy (sham) surgery.

Both groups of rats that had surgical damage were shown to have higher rates of certain biochemicals that correspond to cartilage damage than the dummy (sham) surgery group.  But, the rats who had electro-acupuncture had significantly lower amounts of damaged cartilage after a course of treatment.  The rats also had lower amounts of those specific biochemicals after receiving electro-acupuncture than the other group that had the surgical damage.

How Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Your Knee Pain

If you are suffering from knee pain, there is hope.  Many types of treatment help people relieve their knee pain.  Acupuncture is a good treatment for knee pain.  Other types of treatment also help like rehab exercises, stretching, heat treatments, chiropractic treatments, and moxibustion.  At our office we do provide these services and have helped many people with their knee pain.  So, if you are looking for acupuncture for knee pain or another treatment that does not involve surgery, give our office a call at (314) 569-0057 or e-mail us at





Acupuncture for Knee Pain

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