Due to numerous work injuries - Patient had a total knee replacement . he did fine for the first 6 months postop but in the fall started feeling alot of pain and increased instability. he is now about a year post op on the 2nd replacement and his knee is becoming severely unstable. doctor told him, he didn't know what was wrong as the xrays look normal and he don't seem to have an infection.
Patients who started acupuncture and Chinese massage right away,they got their balance and normal walking pattern back faster compared with the patients who started acupuncture later.There are some patients who are very slow to move the leg and get out of bed much less make themselves contract muscles and flex and bend the knee. Sometimes the pain (or perception of pain) is just too great in their minds to move smoothly or often.Getting started and progressing quickly through the acupuncture and Chinese massage can be a major challenge for some people after a knee replacement.
Getting patients up and moving after total knee replacement is the best medicine.
Acupuncture for the Knee
Acupuncture was applied to patients with total knee arthroplasty starting at day 7 following knee replacement surgery. Acupuncture was administered three times per week until day 21 when the treatment regime was discontinued. Range of motion improved, swelling measurably decreased and pain levels were significantly lower in the acupuncture study group than in the group that did not receive acupuncture therapy. As a result of these findings, the researchers conclude that acupuncture is effective in the post-acute phase of knee rehabilitation following total knee replacement surgery.