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For years, studies have offered conflicting opinions on whether exercise is good for knees. A new report from the American College of Sports Medicine provides evidence that exercise is, in fact, good for the knees. Acupuncture can also improve knee health by relieving pain and strengthening joint function.
“Several studies have already examined the impact of physical activity on the knee as a whole, but none have looked at the effect of physical activity on individual parts of the knee,” says Flavia Cicuttini, M.D., of the Monash University in Australia. “As it turns out, exercise affects each part of the knee differently, which helps explain why there have been conflicting reports for so long.”
While exercise is linked to osteophytes, or bony spurs, there are no detrimental changes to joint space, the place where cartilage is housed. Exercise has beneficial effects on cartilage integrity, with evidence of greater volumes and fewer defects.
Acupuncture can be beneficial for individuals with knee osteoarthritis. Acupuncture can decrease symptoms and improve quality of life when integrated into routine care. Acupuncture is most effective for individuals with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis who have moderate pain despite conventional medical therapy.
Acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis:
• Decreases swelling.
• Reduces stiffness and pain.
• Improves functional ability.
• Reduces dependence on medication.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.