Acupuncture is an ancient treatment modality used for a wide range of physical and
mental/emotional conditions. By stimulating acupuncture points on the body one can
provoke a healing process in the body, including the release of pain killing chemicals
produced in the brain such as endorphins.
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and knee are two very common presentations treated in The Bower Mount Clinic. Indeed 1 in 5 adults over 45 years old has OA of the knee joints and 1 in 9 OA of the Hip joints.
Naturally, as we age, ‘wear and tear’ affects the bodies joints. Conventional treatment
includes non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, which although generally safe in the short
term can cause issues if used over a longer period; for example bleeding in the stomach.
Generally treatment with acupuncture for OA usually involves a short course of treatment, once a week for up to six sessions. In the majority of patients benefits will be experienced during this period including less pain, better mobility and a reduction in medication. At the end of this course patients often return for occasional maintenance treatments.
Several systematic reviews of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of peripheral joints/knee and
hip/knee alone have concluded that it is statistically superior to usual physician care, Kwon 2007;White 2007; Manheimer 2007, 2010). The benefits of treatment can often be enhanced by an exercise programme. The expert consensus guidelines of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (Zhang 2008, 2009), recognise that acupuncture has clinically relevant benefits and a favourable safety profile, and they recommend acupuncture as a treatment option for osteoarthritis. If you would like to see if acupuncture can help you with the pain and stiffness in your knees or hips contact The Bower Mount Clinic and arrange an appointment to see our highly experienced and respected acupuncturist Craig Minto.