If you have osteoarthritis, you’re among the 21 million Americans who suffer from this condition, which causes joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. Osteoarthritis is common in people over the age of 50, and it can significantly impact your quality of life.
Arthritis is a degenerative condition, which means it gets worse over time. It can affect nearly any joint, but a common one is the knee. Knees are particularly susceptible to wear-and-tear because they take nearly 4 pounds of pressure for every pound of bodyweight you carry.
There’s no cure for arthritis. Treatments include taking prescription medications to relieve pain and reduce swelling. In severe cases, joint replacement surgery can be an option. Finding an effective arthritis treatment that relieves your pain and fits into your lifestyle isn’t always easy.
If you’ve tried modern methods of arthritis treatment but you’re still suffering from knee pain, don’t give up. Visit us at Soul Potential Acupuncture and Wellness in Castle Rock, Colorado.
A long-time believer and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine, Vonda Muncy, LAc, Dipl Ac, offers acupuncture for arthritic knee pain. Call or request a consultation online today to learn more about the benefits of acupuncture as a treatment for arthritis pain.
Why arthritis causes knee pain
Osteoarthritis is an extremely common cause of chronic knee pain. Healthy joints have cartilage, a slick tissue, between the bones to protect them from grinding against each other as you move. Over the years, cartilage can wear away and cause the bones in your joint to rub together.
When bones grind against each other, pain results. Osteoarthritis often develops slowly, as the cartilage begins deteriorating. Pain gets more severe over time.
Common symptoms of knee arthritis include:
- Decreased range of motion
- Locking of the joint
The symptoms you experience with knee arthritis can get more severe with activity. If you find that you’re missing out on the life you love due to chronic knee pain, it’s time to consider alternative treatment options.
How acupuncture relieves knee pain
Acupuncture has long been practiced as a part of traditional Chinese medicine. At Soul Potential, we believe the flow of energy in the body, known as qi, keeps you healthy. When qi is disrupted, illness or pain occurs.
Vonda understands that pain is personal. Acupuncture restores the proper flow of qi, rebalancing energy and giving you relief from chronic pain. She works with each client at Soul Potential to understand their needs and goals, and she takes the time to develop customized treatment plans.
She’s highly trained in a variety of acupuncture methods to help you find relief from chronic knee pain. When you come to us for knee arthritis, Vonda inserts small acupuncture needles at specific points on your body.
She targets the meridians involved with the energy around your knee. Acupuncture needles unblock the flow of energy along these meridians, delivering pain relief.
The needles relieve pain by stimulating signals in the nervous system. Your body then releases endorphins and enkephalins, which help reduce sensations of pain. Acupuncture needles can also boost the body’s production of cortisol, which controls inflammation.
Many of our clients find that regular acupuncture sessions help them manage the pain that comes with arthritis and maintain their active lives. Acupuncture can be a great treatment option alone or in conjunction with mainstream pain relievers.
Curious whether acupuncture could be the answer for your chronic knee pain? Book a consultation with Vonda by phone or online today.