Arthritis Of The Knee And Acupuncture
A recent study that was done in England found that there was no additional improvement in pain scores when acupuncture was added to a course of exercise and medical advice in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.
A detailed arthritis index pain scale was used to properly compare patients and their outcome of treatment.
Two groups were studied. One group received acupuncture and other conservative methods of treatment. The other group did not receive acupuncture, but received the other conservative methods of treatment.
The result in 352 patients, age 50 and older with arthritis of the knee concluded that acupuncture was not shown to be a benefit to the patients in that group.
However, it would be incorrect to believe from this study that acupuncture would never help any person with arthritis of the knee.