Otherwise known by the very medical term of ‘Hurty Knee’ (!) according to Paul Noonan, the lead singer of one of my favourite Irish bands - BellX1. Knee pain can be very debilitating as it can affect our mobility and independence not to mention being a darn nuisance possibly leading one to dread getting out of bed in the morning.
In Paul's case it was the standing drum kit - not an activity I have tried but no doubt tricky with a sore knee. Thankfully there is something that can be done. As mentioned in the referenced article, the evidence for acupuncture as an alternative to drug therapy and surgery is growing. According to White et al (2007) acupuncture is effective for improving function and decreasing pain and lasts longer than 6 months, it is more effective that so called ‘sham’ or ‘placebo’ acupuncture and should be considered as alternative to anti - inflammatories due to safety and not requiring a daily dose.
In combination with gentle manual therapy and specific exercises, the effects may be even greater as we have found in our clinic. A course of treatment usually involves 6-8 weekly sessions with occasional ‘top - ups’ needed afterwards. We have treated many clients with osteoarthritis of the knee for example, who have been able to avoid or significantly delay surgery as well as reduce the need for regular pain medication.
As well as the above many clients have been able to keep up golf and in some cases tennis. So Paul, if you want to get your knee fixed, give us a call!