Hope that helps!
Knee pain can be treated in so many different ways. Some practitioners will needle the knee that's painful. Others will treat the opposite knee instead. Some will needle your elbows or fingers. The choice of where to needle varies from practitioner to practitioner. Whatever way they choose to treat will also depend on how your body responds to the treatment and can be changed accordingly. As long as you go in with an open mind and follow the process (of repeat visits), you should feel less pain.
Without knowing the cause of your knee pain, it is difficult to answer your question. The first step would be an evaluation of your knee. I recommend by a physiatrist a medical doctor specially trained in muscular skeletal pain. And, then if appropriate working with an acupuncturist. I am physiatrist that uses acupuncture quite often for certain types of knee pain. But, as stated, the first step is to find out what causing it to make sure that acupuncture is a correct modality to use.
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Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Yvonne R. Farrell, DAOM, LAc
Glenn R. Williams, D.C., L.Ac.
Acupuncture does help knee pain, but make an appointment with your acupuncturist after an examination so they can explain to you the mechanism.
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Acupuncture encourage the flow of qi and blood, which are often considered "stagnant" in pain syndromes. Often applying a heated herb or infrared lamp during the acupuncture treatment can increase pain relief.
Personally, I treat knee pain every week. I treat a Roller Derby team that has knee problems from over use and from injury and they all get better very quickly.
The treatment would use both local points (near the knee) and distal points (on limbs or other body parts away from the knee) to treat various aspects of the cause of the pain. The practitioner may also use massage or a warming technique, they may add a topical rub or some herbs. There are many tools that we have in our medicine besides needles - though the needles themselves can do a lot to help.
Go find a Licensed Acupuncturist in your area, they will diagnose the root of the issue and treat accordingly. Feel free to ask them about the process. Not seeing you personally I cannot know how exactly you'd be treated.
Each practitioner has their own approach, so I can't tell you how they will treat your knee. Some use local points, some use meridian therapy. But they all work on the energy flowing through your knee. But it's about healing, not covering up the pain.
1. Those who will treat locally by placing needles in or around the knee.
2. Those who will treat distally by putting needles in other parts of the body.
Both methods can be very effective.
If you're asking how would acupuncture relieve knee pain, that's a bit more complicated. Acupuncture in pain patients appears to be doing two things:
1. Regulating a set of neurotransmitters which are responsible for the transmission of pain signals in the central nervous system.
2. Altering the way pain information is processed in the brain.