Acupuncture reduces pain of knee arthritis-research updates

Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a condition characterized by degenerative joint disease, resulting in pain, swelling, stiffness, and dysfunction. This chronic knee pain can have a severe impact on the quality of patients' lives. Although painkillers can alleviate pain and modify disease progression, they have numerous adverse side effects.

Fortunately, acupuncture has been found to be a highly effective way of reducing arthritic knee pain without any adverse side effects. Research has proven this. For instance, one paper analyzed eleven randomized clinical trials (CTs) involving 2484 patients with knee arthritis. The meta-analysis showed that acupuncture had a beneficial effect on knee osteoarthritis by reducing pain and improving patients' functional activities. The authors concluded that acupuncture has a beneficial effect on pain relief and improves functional activities. Therefore, this treatment can be recommended as a beneficial alternative therapy for patients with KOA, especially chronic patients and those currently undergoing long-term pain, to help improve their quality of life.

Another paper investigated the effect of acupuncture on 625 patients with knee arthritis. The results showed that pain was significantly reduced in the acupuncture group compared to the waiting-list control group. Additionally, another paper analyzed nine trials with 724 patients with knee arthritis. The results demonstrated that acupuncture effectively reduced knee pain.

Overall, these studies provide robust evidence that acupuncture can significantly reduce arthritic knee pain without any adverse side effects. Patients with KOA may benefit greatly from acupuncture treatment, especially chronic patients who are currently undergoing long-term pain. By reducing pain and improving functional activities, acupuncture can help patients improve their quality of life. Therefore, acupuncture can be recommended as an effective alternative therapy for patients with KOA.

References
Hao Tian et al Biomed Res Int. 2022: 6561633.
Jiali Liu et al Chin Med. 2022; 17: 67.
Xingzhen Lin et al Medicine (Baltimore). 2022 Feb 25; 101(8): e28838.

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