Knee pain and knee related problems are among the most common maladies for adults and children. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, over 11 million visits are made yearly to physicians offices with the complaint of knee pain. The knee is the largest joint in the body, and it is subjected to varying amounts of stress from such everyday activities as walking up and down the stairs. In people with more active lifestyles, things like running, and playing sports may lead to more chronic knee pain, or even more severe knee injuries. If you tear a ligament, or even twist your knee the wrong way, the recovery process can be long, and painful.
While many people visit their primary care physician, or are sent to a specialist for their knee pain, a new treatment option is quickly gaining favor. That new treatment option is acupuncture. Although acupuncture has been around for centuries, and has been used to treat ailments from headaches to drug addiction, recent studies have shown it to be an effective treatment for knee pain. In fact, studies have shown that acupuncture works better on knee pain over a longer period than over the counter medications.
A qualified and professional acupuncturist knows the pathways of the body, also called Meridians, and uses the tools of the trade to align those pathways. This is the process of activating the healing effect upon the body. Different ailments are treated by focusing on different “acupoints.” Experts in the field believe that there are as many as 2,000 acupoints on the human body. These acupoints are connected to 12 main pathways between the exterior to the interior organs. It is the reconnection of these broken pathways that makes acupuncture work for the treatment of knee pain, and many other common ailments. If you or a loved one is suffering from knee pain, you may want to skip the drug store, and contact Dr. Michael Brone at Balanced Meridian, Outer Banks Acupuncturist in Kitty Hawk, NC.