Knee pain affects about 25% of all adolescents and adults, making it the most common source of chronic pain and a problem that seriously impacts your mobility. At Soul Potential Acupuncture & Wellness, Vonda Muncy, LAc, DiplAc, specializes in several acupuncture methods so she can customize your treatment to meet your needs. To get effective, natural pain relief without any side effects, call the office in Castle Rock, Colorado, or book an appointment online.
Knee Pain Q & A
What commonly causes knee pain?
The most common causes of knee pain include overuse injuries, like runner’s knee, and acute injuries, such as ligament, meniscus, and tendon tears. If you have chronic knee pain, however, chances are it’s due to one of the following conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Chondromalacia patella (cartilage problem)
Your risk of developing knee pain increases if you had a previous injury and if you’re overweight. For every pound of weight you gain, your knees absorb 4 extra pounds of pressure, which significantly raises your risk for osteoarthritis.
What other symptoms might develop with my knee pain?
Your knee pain may feel like a sharp, stabbing pain or more like a constant, throbbing ache. No matter what type of pain you experience, it’s frequently accompanied by symptoms such as:
- Inflammation and swelling
- Stiffness and limited movement
- Inability to put weight on your knee
- Feeling like your knee will give out
- Locked knee
If you suffer a scrape or a cut, watch for symptoms such as red, hot skin that’s very tender when touched. These are signs of an infection that needs immediate attention.
How does acupuncture relieve knee pain?
Studies show that acupuncture is especially effective for alleviating knee osteoarthritis. In patients who are already taking herbal medicine or celecoxib, a prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), adding acupuncture achieves better pain relief than either herbs or NSAIDs alone.
In traditional Chinese medicine, energy called Qi flows through your body, following specific pathways. These pathways, called meridians, form a complex network that connects individual body systems. To stay healthy, Qi must flow freely along the meridians.
Vonda has extensive experience using several acupuncture methods, including the balance method that produces quick results. When she inserts acupuncture needles into specific acupuncture points along the meridians associated with your knee pain, the needles unblock the pathway, allowing your body to naturally heal your knee.
The needles also stimulate nerves, creating a cascade of events resulting in the release of endorphins, your body’s natural pain killers.
If you need natural relief from knee pain, call Soul Potential Acupuncture & Wellness or schedule an appointment online.