According to Arthristis research Uk, many of the 4.5 million people in the Uk with osteoarthritis of the knee, suffer with chronic knee pain. This includes my dad, so this piece of research caught my attention.
A group of researchers from Standord University working with counterparts in China conducted a review of 19 randomised control trials to examine whether accupuncture was effective for knee pain. They considered both the visual analogue scale (VAS) of measuring knee pain and Western Ontario and McMaster Universitities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC).
They concluded that accupuncture can be effective in relieving chronic knee pain 12 weeks after treatments.
ReferenceZhang Q, Yue J, Golianu B, et al Updated systematic review and meta-analysis of acupuncture for chronic knee pain. Acupuncture in Medicine 2017;35:392-403.