Osteoarthritis of the knee is a major cause of disability among adults. Treatment is focused on symptom management, with nonpharmacologic therapies being the preferred first line of treatment. Many arthritis sufferers incorrectly think that because the change is deep in the bone that treatment will not be effective.
Authur Selfe & Tayloe in 2008 conducted a review of the best current research.Ten trials representing 1456 participants met the inclusion criteria and were analyzed. The treatment groups received an average of 12 acupuncture sessions over a 5 to 20 week period.
In 8 of the 10 studies, the acupuncture group experienced statistically significant pain reduction in comparison with the control group. The acupuncture groups had better outcomes when compared to medicines like diclofenac without any of these medicines dangerous side effects. These studies which fit with my clinical experience show that even if you have significant changes on your knee x-ray a viable drug free treatment option is available that can decrease your pain and increase your quality of life.
If you or a loved one has knee arthritis book in for a session to see if we can get you pain-free and moving again.