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Acupuncture for Knee Pain

Knee pain may be caused by a range of conditions including injury and arthritis. We provide acupuncture to assist with pain-relief, reduction of inflammation, and promotion of healing for many conditions causing knee pain.

Knee Injuries

After an injury, acupuncture can often speed the healing process. Injuries to the knee area can cause damage to the ligaments, cartilage, and tendons supporting the knee joints. We provide effective pain-management for many of these conditions.

Arthritis Conditions

A clinical study of 3,633 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee showed that acupuncture offered significant benefits for reduction of knee pain, and overall improvements in quality of life.1 Quality of life was significantly better among patients who had 15 sessions of acupuncture over 3 months, compared with patients who did not have acupuncture. Significant quality of life improvements were observed when patients were evaluated 6 months later.

Arthritis of the knees, ankles, and hips is relatively common. Osteoarthritis is what we often think of as inflammation from wear and tear on the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune condition which can affect the joints. Other auto-immune conditions can also cause pain and swelling in the joints. Bacterial infections may cause a condition called reactive arthritis.

We provide specialized acupuncture treatments (and in some cases, nutritional counselling) which can offer effective relief for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, reactive arthritis, and other types of arthritis. Acupuncture when offered by a skilled professional can assist in the relief of pain and swelling. Our patients often report a 20-30% improvement in these symptoms within one or two sessions. While every case is different, we usually see that the relief lasts longer and the benefits increase after several sessions.

Post-Surgical Recovery

Dr. Windsor has often assisted patients with recovery following knee operations including total knee replacement. Sometimes, these types of operations can be followed by significant swelling which impairs range of motion and comfort. These swelling issues are treated routinely in our clinic. In the vast majority of these cases, the swelling resolves quickly. Improvements often begin within the 24 hours after the first treatment. Further improvement are typical within several weeks of treatment.

Pre-Surgical Care

A variety of situations can occur when an individual is preparing for surgery of the knee. As an acupuncturist, Dr. Windsor has assisted patients with preparation for these procedures. In these cases his role is often in the reduction of swelling, or in helping the body to heal from complex regional pain syndrome. In other cases, he provides temporary pain relief while the patient is waiting for the scheduled surgical procedure.

Weight-Related Issues

Many knee problems are worsened by excess body weight. This is due to increased pressure on the inner surfaces of the knee, as well as to the alterations of muscle surrounding the knee as a result of reduced physical activity. Dr. Windsor provides compassionate and respectful care for individuals who suffer from obesity, whether this is related to emotional eating, hormonal problems, or other problems.

Bursitis Due to Injuries

Bursitis of the knee can happen after an injury such as a minor fall, or perhaps even just a single awkward step during a basketball game. This is a condition that Dr. Windsor has treated many times. This condition tends to respond very quickly to treatment in our clinic. In our experience, this condition typically improves dramatically after the first session. In many cases, only two sessions are required before the patient's comfort and range of motion return to the level before the injury.
"In my experience, most types of knee pain respond well to acupuncture treatment. Depending on the cause of the condition, the improvement may be permanent or temporary. For bursitis, osteoarthritis, post-surgical swelling, or complex regional pain syndrome, I have seen especially good results leading to better comfort and quality of life.

Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac.

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About Maryland Holistics

Maryland Holistics LLC is the private practice of Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac., L.Ac. Our serene, professional office is located in Ellicott City, MD. Maryland Holistics has provided care to thousands of satisfied customers since opening in 2009. Dr. Windsor is a preferred provider in the CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GEHA, and United Healthcare networks.

3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Ste E
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: 301-588-5858
Fax: 443-308-5690