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


White, A., Richardson, M., Richmond, P., Freedman, J. & Bevis, M. (2012) Group acupuncture for knee pain: evaluation of a cost-saving initiative in the health service. Acupuncture in Medicine, 30 (3), p.pp.170–175.
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Huffington Post (2012) Acupuncture Could Relieve Pain, Stiffness From Knee Osteoarthritis: Study [Internet].
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