Acupuncture has traditionally been used to treat pains in China, the US, and other parts of the world, and its usefulness has been widely acclaimed to be effective at treating certain kinds of medical conditions, however, acupuncture has recently been found to have very limited benefits at treating chronic knee pains in patients older than 50 years of age.

According to Kim Bennell of the Centre for Health, Exercise, and Sports Medicine of the University of Australia, “clinical guidelines recommend conservative non-drug treatments for knee osteoarthritis, but many patients seek complementary and alternative treatments, the most common being acupuncture, and use of such treatments is increasing. But we found that neither needle nor laser acupuncture conferred benefit over sham or pain or function in patients 50 years of age and older with moderate or severe chronic knee pain. So our findings do not support acupuncture for these patients.”

This recent research has pinpointed the fact that neither needle nor laser acupuncture is of tremendous help at relieving chronic knee pains, nor even improving its functions when this is compared with sham controls for adults over 50 years within any 12 weeks period. A control group was set up by the researchers to determine the level of effectiveness of acupuncture for chronic knee pains compared to other treatment options, and it was established that at 12 weeks, no significant amount of relief was noticed in the control group and then no real functional differences were observed after one year of administering acupuncture.

Acupuncture practitioners are expected to discuss every aspect of the treatment with patients before going into it, and to discuss benefits and disadvantages and what levels of doses could do in both needle and laser acupuncture.

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