Patients often come for acupuncture treatment to help with the symptoms of knee pain. This pain can be either long-term or short-term in nature.
Short-term knee pain is fairly straightforward to treat with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. I often use points right around the knee and usually add heat lamp treatment.
I find that a short series of four treatments is often perfect for this kind of pain.
Long-term knee pain is a difficult condition for patients and Acupuncture can be a good means of reducing easing symptoms. If the long-term knee pain is caused by arthritis, then the use of the heat lamp combined with my specialist purple dragon solve does give immediate short-term pain relief, which means that at least symptoms of the arthritis are eased. Other points that are selected then can support the body to help the knee keep in the best state of health.
Arthritis, inflammation and degeneration are the two most common disease processes that impact the interior structure of joints. The term arthritis, which literally means "inflammation of the joints," is commonly used interchangeably to describe both of these conditions. Arthritis can be brought on by a variety of circumstances. It can affect a single joint or be part of a more widespread or systemic condition that affects multiple joints. The joints in systemic arthritis are frequently affected in a symmetrical pattern. The affected joints in inflammatory arthritis are usually hot and uncomfortable. The synovial membrane lining the interior of the joint is affected by inflammation in synovial joints. If the inflammation persists, it can cause excessive fluid production from the membrane, as well as damage to the joint's cartilage. As the internal structure of the inflamed joint is destroyed, it swells and may become misshapen.
The common causes of arthritis.
The protective cartilage that covers the ends of the bones within the joint can also get injured as a result of a degenerative process that leads to thinning or destruction of the protective cartilage. Many doctors describe this condition, known as osteoarthritis, to their patients as "wear and tear." Osteoarthritis is more common in joints that have been injured by injury or overuse, or in joints that have been held slightly out of alignment by prolonged muscle strain. Conversely, "wear and tear" can occur as a result of excessive ligament laxity (hypermobility), causing the joint to be repeatedly put through a far wider range of movements than it was meant for. Generalised osteoarthritis is a type of osteoarthritis that originates as a result of the ageing process and affects the joints in a symmetrical pattern.
Let’s look at what happens at the knee joint to better understand the disease process. For starters, it has two C-shaped cartilage pads that act as cushions for the femur's condyles on the tibia's table. Second, within the joint, two thick ligaments (cruciate ligaments) cross to prevent the joint from dislocating anteriorly or posteriorly. A tear in the cartilage or a rupture of one of the two ligaments can result after a knee injury, especially if the joint is twisted. The joint's full mobility may be hampered by torn cartilage. The joint may lock in a flexed position as a result of this. Broken cartilage particles can also limit joint movement while also causing discomfort and irritation. A ruptured ligament will weaken the knee joint's stability and make it more vulnerable to injury. The risk of eventual osteoarthritis of the knee is enhanced in both cases if the wound is not well healed.
Arthritis pain is classified as a type of Painful Obstruction Syndrome involving Blood and Qi Stagnation in Chinese medicine. In the majority of cases, a Pathogenic Factor is also present (Bi Syndrome). Heat is always present in inflammatory arthritis, although Wind and Damp might also be present. Degenerative arthritis may merely reflect an underlying deficiency, especially in the Kidneys, but it is also common for Damp or Cold to become stuck in the affected joints, causing stiffness and profound pain. Blood and Qi Stagnation is reflected in the pain caused by an injury to the interior structures of the joint. If appropriate healing does not occur, the joint may develop chronic Qi and Blood insufficiency, and Pathogenic Factors such as Damp and Cold may enter.
Cysts in the knee joint
These are fluid-filled cysts that form around the synovial joint's edge. The cyst is a synovial membrane outpouching that is filled with synovial fluid. Cysts are typically the result of a degenerative process. A joint cyst most commonly forms near the wrist joint's border, where it appears as a smooth, hard, somewhat compressible bump (ganglion). Baker's cysts, or joint cysts at the rear of the knee, can be degenerative or arise as part of a larger inflammatory illness like rheumatoid arthritis. Joint cysts are normally painless, however they can hurt or limit movement in the affected joint. The cyst may occasionally break, releasing fluid into the surrounding tissues. This may result in the condition being resolved, but the cyst will most likely reappear. A large cyst, such as a Baker's cyst, might rupture and produce significant inflammation. Because the discharged fluid runs down the calf muscles, causing a sore and swollen calf muscle, the inflammation of a Baker's cyst can mimic that of a deep vein thrombosis.
In Chinese medicine, the formation of a joint cyst is said to be due to phlegm induced by body fluid stagnation.