As the weather warms, more and more people take up running and other outdoor activities. Knee pain is one of the most common problems faced by runners, and fairly common in a wide range of other sports. Good stretching and massages can help reduce or alleviate some of the pain. More long-term support can be provided by acupuncture, which has been shown to reduce significantly knee pain (both chronic pain as well as osteoarthritis of the knee).
A study published last year in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, showed that using acupuncture instead of undergoing costly knee surgery, provided long-term (even after 2 years) symptom relief in about a third of patients. Patients in the trial noticed clinically significant benefits after 1 month in pain, stiffness and function. This research was quoted in an article in Huffington Post, which also links to a photo slideshow with information about “What to expect at your first acupuncture treatment”.
To seek an acupuncture practitioner in the York area, see http://www.yorkclinic.com/