What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a complementary medical practice that involves the stimulation of points on the body via needles placed into the skin to help alleviate pain and can help treat a variety of conditions.
In this article we are going to talk specifically about its use for treating osteoarthritis of the knee.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease and is the most common chronic condition of the joints. It can affect any joint but the knee is one of the most commonly affected joints along with the lower back, hips and neck. This condition can occur at any age but those most prone to it are over 65.
In normal joints cartilage covers the end of each of your bones. The cartilage helps the joint move smoothly. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage to break down over time meaning the joint no longer moves smoothly which in turn causes pain and discomfort and effects mobility.
How can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture has been proven in studies (https://www.umm.edu/news-and-events/news-releases/2004/acupuncture-provides-added-benefit-for-people-with-osteoarthritis-of-the-knee)
to help reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis and had showed the biggest improvement in knee functionality after the treatment. If you suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee and are based in Calgary or the surrounding areas do not hesitate to book an acupuncture session with our fully qualified and experienced acupuncture practitioners