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Knee Injuries, What's Going On & Acupuncture For Recovery

Updated: Apr 19

Knee Injuries, Acupuncture and Cupping at Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington
Knee Injuries, Acupuncture and Cupping at Acute Acupuncture 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington

The knee is one of the most complex joints in our body, comprising multiple structures vital for stability, support, and movement. The knee is a modified hinge joint or ginglymus. The knee movements are knee flexion, knee extension, medial rotation, and lateral rotation. Among these structures are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), patellar tendon, lateral collateral ligament (LCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), articular cartilage, meniscus, femur, patella, fibula, and the Tibia.

The ACL and PCL are two of the most critical structures that ensure the stability of the knee joint. The ACL connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone) and prevents the tibia from moving too far forward or rotating too much. On the other hand, the PCL connects the tibia to the femur and prevents the tibia from moving too far backward or rotating excessively in the other direction. If you have a knee injury, it may be subsidized through the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). To know if you can get acupuncture and cupping for the injury, the patient must have an injury under twelve months from the date of the injury, an approved claim with ACC, an ACC45 (unique code to the individual or patient), date of injury, and read codes that apply for this injury. Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to be referred by your General Practitioner (GP) or physiotherapists to obtain the ability to receive acupuncture for this injury. You are in control of your health, and the management of your health, you also have the power to choose the treatment of your choice, and what is right for your situation.

The patellar tendon, also known as the patellar ligament, is a muscular tissue band connecting the patella (kneecap) to the tibia. It helps with the extension (straightening) of the knee joint by transmitting the force generated by the quadriceps muscles in the thigh to the lower leg.

The meniscus is a crescent-shaped (cup-shaped) cartilage on top of the tibia. The femur has articular cartilage that rests on and glides back and forth over the meniscus. The meniscus's primary role is to distribute the weight-bearing load evenly across the knee joint. It also helps lubricate the knee joint, absorb shock, and provide stability.

However, despite the remarkable design of the knee joint, it is still vulnerable to injury. Knee injuries may often result from sudden twisting or bending movements or repetitive activities such as running, jumping, or cycling. Some common knee injuries include sprains or tears of the ACL or PCL, patellar tendonitis, and meniscus tears.

One alternative treatment for knee injury and pain that has been gaining popularity is acupuncture. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate healing and promote pain relief.

Several studies have explored acupuncture for knee pain and knee conditions. For example, a systematic review and meta-analysis of 23 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) found that acupuncture can help reduce pain and improve function in patients with knee osteoarthritis, a common degenerative joint disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Another study found that acupuncture can be as effective as conventional physiotherapy in relieving pain and improving function in people with chronic knee pain.

The ACL, PCL, LCL, MCL, articular cartilage, patellar tendon, and meniscus are crucial structures for the stability and movement of the knee joint. Knee injuries can be debilitating and can significantly impact an individual's quality of life. Acupuncture is an alternative treatment that has shown promising results in relieving pain and improving function in people with various knee conditions. As with any intervention, it is essential to discuss the use of acupuncture with a qualified acupuncturist and to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for the individual or patient. After treatments, one may feel relaxed, energized, and rejuvenated. Communicating with your practitioner about your experience is essential to ensure you receive the maximum benefits from these treatments. Click the button below and book a complementary 15-minute consultation at Acute Acupuncture, 163 The Terrace, Wellington Central, Wellington. Let's discuss if acupuncture is the right thing for you. Thank you for taking the time to read this Blog Post. Don't forget to like, subscribe, and share this post with others. If you have any questions or concerns, check out Acute-Acupuncture Wellington Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), as we find this helps answer most people's questions. Please leave a comment below.


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