Acupuncturist Questions knee pain

Will acupuncture help with knee pain?

I'm 28, and I have had knee for more than 1 month. I heard that acupuncture can help it, and I want to try it. Is this true? Where would the acupuncturists insert the needles for it?

27 Answers

Acupuncture is whole body treatment. Depending the doctor’s experience. Could put Needles in head or shoulders to treat your knee problems.
Acupuncture with massage and herbs can help relieve your knee pain.
Most of the time acupuncture does help knee pain. What the acupuncturist discerns in the initial consultation will determine where the needles will be placed. There many acupuncture points that relate to knee pain. There are local points around the knee. Most of the time with pain, you can expect some needles around the area of pain.
Acupuncture helps with relieving knee pain, and the point/needle protocol depends on your diagnosis and the style of acupuncture, the insertions can be distal on the limbs, abdomen, head, or local on the knee.
Acupuncture can certainly help knee pain. Was this caused by some sort of accident or injury? Did you get x-rays or see a doctor for it? I think it's wise to first rule out any damage that may need more invasive treatment. If it is just generalized dull pain and no injury occurred, then I would recommend acupuncture. Needles would be inserted at the location of pain and at adjacent points along the acupuncture meridian that the knee point is found on. Each practitioner has his or her own technique, but I would follow channel (or meridian...where the acupoints lie) theory as well as hot spots of the knee that are affected. I may place them in the same area but at different angles. I may also use an electro- acupuncture machine to further stimulate the needles. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and do not keep the knee immobilized, it will become more stiff if you favor it over the other when walking. Keeping heat or ice (which ever makes it feel better) on it at rest will help. Good luck!!
Knee pain is not an uncommon problem and we have been able to help so many people with this type of complaint. There are hundreds of Acupoints, an acupuncturist will know which one to use. And yes, there are also Acupoints on your knee.
Be well, be confident, we can help.
Yes, acupuncture can help knee pain. The acupuncture needles can help the body releases neurotransmitters (i.e, endorphin..) for the pain and healing.
Yes, I have helped many people relieve knee pain including myself. It does take many months, but it's worth it because my knee is 100% pain-free. The needle placement will be decided after the evaluation.
Yes, depending on your overall health and history, knee pain is fairly easy to treat and usually responds in 1-2 treatments. The needles would be placed in the area of pain and also in specific points of the body which may be affecting or influencing that imbalance and all others.
Acupuncture works very well for knee pain. Unless there is a functional problem such as a break for complete severed ligament, etc. Needles will usually be placed into the knee, but sometimes can be placed in other areas. Depends on the situation. I wouldn't hesistate to go...
Hello, dear!

If you have knee pain for one month, then you'd better get some treatments done to avoid it becoming chronic. The needles are usually inserted right into the knee; there are 4 typical knee points that we do to increase circulation and help the knee recover. It's usually pain-free. We'd do electrical acupuncture as well as cupping around the leg to help blood flow. It's true acupuncture can help with knee pain; we've helped hundreds of patients with knee problems.


Xin Ma, L.Ac

Acupuncture does help with knee pain.The location of needle insertion varies from condition to condition and the diagnosis.


Scott Sang In Lee
Yes, acupuncture can help with knee pain. However, not all knee pain is the same. The pain can come from behind the knee, from the hip, the lower back, and so forth. The more information I know about the knee pain, better the treatment. As for inserting the needles, either locally or distally depends on what kind of knee pain.
Yes. Acupuncture helps increase blood circulation to the injured area. Acupuncturists insert the needles at certain points on the body and Ashi acupoints.

Yes, and acupuncture is great for all kinds of pain including knee pain with great success. Knee pain is one of the top things that I treat. It will take several sessions. Unfortunately, I do not do magic. Acupuncture is a healing process.


Many professional athletics receive acupuncture. It seems that you have acute knee pain. The shorter of the symptom you have, the quicker of the result will be.
Yes. Acupuncture can definitely help you. Most of time, we put needles on distal points.
Acupuncture is very effective in treating all types of pain. Where we insert the needles, however, depends on the style of acupuncture you are receiving and why you have the pain. Believe it or not, you will likely have acupuncture needles throughout your whole body. We always work with your root condition (why you have the knee pain to begin with), but not every acupuncturist will work locally. Know that whether or not your practitioner uses local techniques, we are still treating your pain.
Yes, acupuncture works well on knee pain, especially at your age. Since every body, injury, and practitioner is different, I can't tell you where they'll put the needles, but know it can be extremely effective.
In general, knee pain responds well to acupuncture. Needle placement depends on the style used. Local points at the knee are often supplemented with other points on the body. Ear points can also be added as all the structures of the body are represented on the ear. Adding Chinese herbs to the treatment plan can enhance the outcome.
Acupuncture has wonderful effects on pretty much ant type of pain. I personally work on Roller Derby players who constantly get knee, hip, and shoulder pains. The acupuncture relieves the pain almost immediately in most cases.

I cannot know exactly where your practitioner would put the needles in your particular case, but generally some may be local i.e. at or around the knee. Other needles might be placed on arms or legs or ear depending on your practiomer's diagnosis and treatment style.

Be sure to go to a Licensed Acupuncturist, (L.Ac.) not a Chiro or PT.because you want someone properly trained.

Good luck.
Yes absolutely. In younger years of life this knee pain may clear very quickly with acupuncture, unless there’s structural damage.
Acupuncture treats knee pain very commonly. Local points will be used in conjunction with other points in the body.
Acupuncture is highly recommended for pain, in almost all cases. Every acupuncturist is different and has different approaches to each situation. I cannot say the exact points another acupuncturist might use, but I will say that generally, local points near the pain, and distal points (hands, feet, back, etc) may be used as well.
Acupuncture is a great procedure to work on chronic or acute pain. Depending on the diagnosis needles will be inserted either in the surrounding knee area or at what we call “ the eyes of the knee” Hope you feel better soon!!
Yes, it can heal the knee pain, usually insert the needles on the knee area.
Yes, acupuncture will probably help your knee pain. If you haven't already, you might also want to visit your primary care physician and have x-rays or an evaluation done. A lot depends on your personal history, but 28 is fairly young to be having knee problems.

Where the needles will go depends largely on the type of acupuncturist you see. Some will insert needles in or around the painful knee and others may treat the pain by putting needles elsewhere on the body - typically the opposite elbow.