Acupuncture and Knee Pain


Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been shown to especially effective for pain management. There are numerous studies that have come out recently about how effective acupuncture is for pain. In fact, we recommend you to go to check out the white papers and research that has been published by the Acupuncture Now Foundation about pain management. One area of pain that acupuncture has been shown to be effective for is knee pain. At Master Lu’s Health Center in Salt Lake City, we treat various types of knee pain. We can help you with your knee pain to alleviate pain, increase range of motion, and to feel good always.


The knee is the largest joint in the body. It is a hinge joint so it is able to do the movements that a knee does. The knee is also dependent upon all the ligaments surrounding the knee and the patella. Without the ligaments, the knee would not be stable and you would not be able to walk. That is why when someone injures a ligament such as the ACL they are not able to walk.

There are several reasons why there could be knee pain. Each condition varies in severity and treatments. There could be torn ligaments, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and bursitis. Western medical treatments could vary from surgery, medications, to injections. There could also be residual pain from surgery. We have treated several people who will have pain after their knee replacements. Many times people will get relief from some of the medical treatments for a period of time, but then the pain comes back or gets worse.

There are more and more people who are looking for alternative or complimentary treatments that will help with knee pain. Acupuncture has been shown to help with knee pain. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine will help with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, patellar bursitis, and other types of pain.   There are times when your knee will just ache for no reason at all. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine will help with even those idiopathic pains and aches.

If you did have torn ligaments or needed surgery acupuncture will help with rehabilitation. The best time to have acupuncture is pre and post surgery. Acupuncture will help prepare your body and knee before surgery, and after surgery will help with rehabilitation to heal quicker.

Why and how does acupuncture help with various types of knee pain and conditions? Acupuncture will improve blood flow. The blood flow will promote the healing process and stimulate your body’s self -healing mechanisms. In the Chinese classics it says that when there is no free flow there is pain.   Free flow of what is the blood and other essential substances. Acupuncture will improve that blood flow and allow your body to heal itself and alleviate pain.

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Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been used for pain for over 3000 years. It is a complete medical system in diagnosing and treating disease. If you have knee pain you can look into acupuncture and Chinese medicine as a form of treatment and healing.