Acupuncture for Arthritis & Knee Pain

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints, particularly the knee. There are many types of arthritis however the most common include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most frequently found type of arthritis in the UK unfortunately affecting over seven million people! Although this usually occurs largely in adulthood, arthritis can actually develop at any age. Affecting the cartilage lining of the joints, it can cause painful stiffness to the individual and can lead to severe loss of cartilage.

Currently there is no magical cure for arthritis however there are treatments that can help slow down the condition and ease the pain. Acupuncture for arthritis is an excellent alternative for those who want to avoid conventional drugs to treat the pain.

Arthritis Research UK has acknowledged that acupuncture can relieve pain by diverting or changing the painful sensations that get sent from the brain and stimulating the body’s own pain-relieving hormones. Studies have also shown acupuncture has the ability to treat arthritis pain as a result of inducing significant endogenous, endorphin and encephalin responses. Arthritis Research UK also acknowledges that acupuncture can help with breaking the pain cycle at any stage of arthritis and that having acupuncture sessions weekly for up to six to eight weeks can aid in the long term.

Further studies have also identified that acupuncture is a very acceptable form of treatment when incorporated into an overall treatment plan, with many patients seeing an improvement. It can also be particularly helpful for those suffering with ongoing knee pain.

Dr Michael Curtin is a fully qualified acupuncturist, with over 28 years’ experience as a practicing medical doctor. Dr Curtin is therefore able to diagnose and treat ailments with greater accuracy, offering well informed advice to patients with the combined knowledge of both alternative therapies and orthodox medicine.

To find out more regarding acupuncture for arthritis and knee pain, or to book an initial consultation with Dr Michael Curtin, please visit our contact page. Dr Michael Curtin currently operates in a number of locations including London, Bedford, St Albans and Hitchin.

Acupuncture treatment for arthritis and knee pain