Laser Acupuncture for Knee Pain
The knees are an important joint for basic mobility. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most commonly injured. We’ve recently attracted quite a few knee pain patients the past couple of months and have had overwhelming success using our signature laser acupuncture treatments.
Degenerative osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, affecting 80% of the population by age 65. Symptoms may vary but most commonly consist of pain and swelling that impact daily activities. Among all causes of disability in Canada, arthritis ranks first among women and second among men. The pain is caused by cartilage destruction, inflammation, and bone erosion. Osteoarthritis is a progressive disease of the joints that results in failed repair of joint damage. Its prevalence in society is increasing at a rapid pace due to increased instances of obesity and a general decrease in physical exercise.
Current treatments for arthritis and knee injury include pain medication, joint injections, and physical therapy for temporary relief. More invasive procedures include surgery for total or partial joint replacement. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) for joint pain is a much safer and less invasive form of treatment. It is a light based therapy that uses red and infrared light to target inflamed, injured, and diseased tissue. It reduces pain and inflammation, increases blood flow, improves cartilage health, and restores joint function. The low level laser therapy treatment approach decreases pain and swelling to increase mood, sleep quality, and ability of physical activity to decrease the amount of pain medication needed.
Laser acupuncture provides long lasting pain relief without harmful side effects. The bioflex laser system, the equipment used at Acubalance, has a success rate in excess of 92% (after 11 treatments) according to Meditech International Inc. Here at Acubalance, we employ the same low level laser techniques along with an innovating acupuncture protocol called “neuropuncture” to enhance the treatment.
One of our patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis in her knees has been having tremendous success getting regular low level laser therapy treatments. Another patient, a 78 year old male, achieved 75-80% improvement in his injured knee after just one treatment of laser acupuncture and neuropuncture. The oesteoarthritis pain in another patient, a 74 year old male, was quickly relieved after one laser acupuncture and neuropuncture treatment as well. Although the pain quickly subsided in both of these patients, continued treatment is required to heal the long term tissue damage of the knee joint and prevent future re-injury.