Osteoarthritis of the knee

Acupuncture can reduce pain, and improve range of motion, muscle strength, flexion deformity and knee stability in osteoarthritis of the knee.

60 patients awaiting surgery for knee replacement were randomly dividedly into 2 groups.  Half received acupuncture, whilst the other half received no treatment at all.  At a 2-month follow-up, scores for the time to wak 50 metres and the time to climb 20 steps fell significantly in the acupuncture group, compared to the control group, as did pain scores, whilst HSS knee scores – which gives marks for pain, functional ability, range of motion, muscle strength, flexion and deformity and knee stability – improved significantly in the acupunture group.  Scores of all measures deteriorated in the control group.  3 patients in the acupuncture group asked to be taken off the waiting list for surgery, due to improvement in their symptoms.

“Acupunct Med 2002; 20(1): 19-21