Acupuncture for Knee Pain – Houston, Texas

Acupuncture, a 2,000 year old Chinese school of medicine, has been proven to be an effective treatment for knee conditions, including Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, knee osteoarthritis and gonarthrosis. Now an alternative medical practice in the United States, acupuncture involves sticking thin needles into specific points on the body for various therapeutic purposes.

Acupuncture and Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Contact Us Now About Acupuncture for Knee-PainMany young adults suffer from the patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), syndrome causing chronic knee pain. In December of 1999, a group of researchers from Jensen Fysikalske Institutt in Bergen, Norway published a study demonstrating that acupuncture therapy improved the patients symptoms as well as providing relief from pain. Within six weeks, the patients demonstrated significant improvements in their pain level and knee functionality. For many patients their knee condition continued to improve after six weeks.

Acupuncture and Knee Osteoarthrisis

Many millions suffer from knee osteoarthritis, the most common form of osteoarthritis and the most common form of disability in the United States. A study by the National Institute of Health discovered that for those suffering from knee osteoarthritis, long-term acupuncture treatment can both correct the knee condition and relieve pain. This study involved 570 people who were treated for 26 weeks. After eight weeks of treatment, they showed signs of improved function, but did not experience relief from pain. After 14 weeks, many patients also experienced pain relief from the treatment, and by the end of the study, patients experienced a 40 percent decrease in pain and a 40 percent increase in knee function.

Acupuncture and Gonarthrosis

Gonarthrosis refers to early joint damage to the knee. Acupuncture has also been demonstrated to be an efficacious therapy for this knee condition. In March of 1994 German scientists published a study researching the effectiveness of acupuncture for gonarhrosis patients. Their study including 97 patients who were divided into a placebo group and true acupuncture treatment group. The patients received a total of ten treatments over five weeks. Nearly half the patients who received acupuncture treatment reported an improvement in pain while only a quarter of those in the placebo group reported such relief.

Acupuncture and Knee Replacement

A study in 2000 examined acupuncture’s effectiveness for patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty also known as total knee replacement. The study analyzed one patient who demonstrated a reduction of pain within two weeks of treatment as well as an increase in joint movement. After four weeks the patient’s swelling had improved considerably and her joint movement continued to increase. Eight weeks of treatment left the patient with full joint movement. The study concludes that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for rehabilitation and pain relief for knee arthroplasty. Please visit the testimonial page on our website to read the effects of acupuncture on a patient with chronic knee problems and two knee replacement surgeries.


Jensen R, Gothesen O, Liseth K, Baerheim A. Acupuncture treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome. J Altern
Complement Med Dec 1999;5(6):521-7.
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