Acupuncture and Knee Pain in Brisbane

Acupuncture for knee pain.  Our focus is on helping to eradicate the pain, and to work at preventing it from recurring. 

Whether you have 20 year old knees or 60 year old knees, knee pain is never welcome.
Acupuncture has been used for centuries as an treatment for muscular and joint pain, including knees.  In order to help restore a healthy flow of Qi ( energy ) through the channels which traverse the knee,  we use acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, massage, heat lamps and liniments .


Whether  you’ve injured your knee as a weekend warrior or have been suffering with knee pain over many years,  we might just be able to help.  Please feel free to pick up the phone and talk with me about how acupuncture and massage can help with your particular injury or ailment.



Below are some abstracts from recent research into the use of acupuncture for knee arthritis and/or knee pain. We’re always happy to talk with you about how this research may relate to your    condition and how acupuncture may help you.


“Acupuncture effective for knee arthritis

In a study of the treatment of chronic arthritis of the knee, 150 patients were assigned to receive ‘true’ acupuncture, 76 to minimal acupuncture (superficial needling at non-acupuncture points) and 76 to a waiting list control. Both acupuncture groups received 12 treatment sessions over 8 weeks at 28 different outpatient centres. Patients completed standard questionnaires at 8, 26 and 52 weeks after onset of treatment. The study found that patients in both acupuncture groups improved compared to a waiting list group, but that those receiving true acupuncture for knee pain  suffered significantly less pain and joint dysfunction at 8 weeks than the sham acupuncture group. The difference was no longer significant, however, at 52 weeks. (The Lancet 2005; 366:136-143).”

( viewed September 2012 )


“Acupuncture and knee arthritis

The longest and largest randomised, controlled phase III clinical trial of acupuncture ever conducted has found that acupuncture can significantly improve the symptoms of arthritis of the knee. The study of 570 patients was carried out at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The patients were randomly assigned to receive 23 treatments of either true or sham (no actual insertion of needles) acupuncture or a 12-week knee osteoarthritis education course. At the end of the study, the true acupuncture group had the greatest reduction (40%) in  knee pain and the greatest improvement (nearly 40%) in knee function. The study was funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), both components of the US National Institutes of Health. “For the first time, a clinical trial with sufficient rigour, size, and duration has shown that acupuncture reduces the pain and functional impairment of osteoarthritis of the knee,” said Stephen E. Straus, NCCAM Director. “These results also indicate that acupuncture can serve as an effective addition to a standard regimen of care and improve quality of life for knee osteoarthritis sufferers. (Ann Intern Med,  Dec 2004;  141:  901-910.)”

( viewed September 2012 )

“Acupuncture improves chronic knee pain 

A meta-analysis has evaluated the effects of acupuncture on pain and function in patients with chronic knee pain. Combining data from five randomised controlled studies judged to have high validity (1334 patients), acupuncture was found to be superior to sham acupuncture for both pain and function. The differences were still significant at long-term follow-up. (Acupuncture treatment for chronic knee pain: a systematic review. Rheumatology. 2007 46(3):384-390)”

( viewed September 2012 )



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