Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 01, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study saying that acupuncture may be a low-cost-alternative—not to mention a non-invasive one—to knee surgery. The study comprised of 90 patients (average age: 71) who had group acupuncture in 2008. Their progress was tracked for two years.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/pain-articles/consider-this-therapy-before-knee-surgery), osteoarthritis of the knee is the most common form of joint pain in the world. The answer, for many, is knee replacement surgery. But what if acupuncture could be used instead?
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article, “Consider This Therapy Before Knee Surgery,” reports that when acupuncture burst onto the scene in the U.S. and grew over the decades, one of its biggest uses was in joint pain. And scores of medical studies have suggested that, indeed, it seems to reduce pain and swelling in patients with arthritis. Knee osteoarthritis was one of the central conditions it has been found to help treat.
The article points out that surgery can be effective, yet it is far from perfect. It’s estimated that one in seven patients feel severe pain return years after surgery. It’s also expensive and impossible for many uninsured Americans. For the landscape of people suffering knee osteoarthritis, there deserves to be more solutions to end the constant pain and poor quality of life.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that participants in the study got acupuncture once a week for one month. After that, it was once every six weeks. After one year, 41 kept with the acupuncture and after two years, 31 were still electing to receive acupuncture. On average, each patient received about 16 sessions.
Researchers used a score to measure the patient’s symptoms, ability to move around, and well-being. The study showed that one month of acupuncture led to significant improvements in pain levels, stiffness, and functional capacity. And the improved life continued throughout the two-year study.
(SOURCE: “Group acupuncture for knee pain: evaluation of a cost saving initiative in the health service,” Acupuncture in Medicine Online First; doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2012-010151.)
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