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/therapies/acupuncture.aspx.

References:

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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