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I had knee replacements now I have nerve damage. Do you think acupuncture would help with the pain?

George Engelhard (Orlando, FL) on Mar 7, 2012
Yes, and try homeopathic injections too.
George Engelhard (Orlando, FL) on Mar 7, 2012
Yes, and try homeopathic injections too.
George Engelhard (Orlando, FL) on Mar 7, 2012
Yes, and try homeopathic injections too.
George Engelhard (Orlando, FL) on Mar 7, 2012
Yes, and try homeopathic injections too.
Aram Akopyan (Glendale, CA) on Mar 7, 2012
Depending on the severity of the damage, acupuncture may provide either complete or partial resolution of the condition. If the nerve is completely severed, there is not much anyone can do. However, for pain and radiculopathy, acupuncture has shown promising results. I would suggest starting with four sessions of electro-acupuncture along with moxa care and see how you respond. You may need several course of treatments over a year before you see lasting results. Nerve damage is a complex and difficult problem to deal with. Keep a positive outlook. Good luck.
Nilsa Compton (Charleston, SC) on May 22, 2012
Yes. It will help smooth the flow of qi and blood, to ease the pain. Overall, treatment will help to minimize stagnation and excess in the body and supplement areas that are deficient.
Frieda Mah (Irvine, CA) on May 5, 2012
Acupuncture can help reduce the pain but depends on the blockage that caused by the surgery. Acupuncture also can help nerve growth both in speed and guiding the nerve growing to the right direction. But, the best time to get treatment is right after the surgery. Otherwise, after 18 months of the nerve damage, acupuncture is hard to help.
Adi Barad (Winnetka, IL) on Mar 24, 2012
Acupuncture has the ability to alleviate pain by facilitate the movement of energy and blood In your situation it base on you extend nerve damage ask your local Acupuncturist
Ed Alvarez (Chicago, IL) on Mar 23, 2012
Acupuncture helps manage the pain, however, it may not return the feeling to your knee.
Monica Roslow (Red Hook, NY) on Mar 21, 2012
There is no guarantee, but it is possible. Sometimes the acupuncture is just what you need to break through the pain cycle. You will need to be patient, as it may take a few treatments before you notice a difference.
Crystal Dmytryk (New York, NY) on Mar 21, 2012
Absolutely! Acupuncture with either moxibustion or electrical stimulation can help calm and soothe nerve irritation and possibly address muscle blocked nerve pain. If the pain is being caused by a structural change in the joint you will want to see an acupuncturist who is experienced in either sports "tui na" or "kyo-jung" - both systems of stretching and muscle manipulation.
Jennifer Aubert (San Francisco, CA) on Mar 20, 2012
I'd say that 80% of my patients are coming to me for pain related symptoms. Acute to chronic pain, unknown causes to post surgery. Acupuncture has shown amazing efficacy in the treatment of pain which is why most insurance companies will cover acupuncture treatments specifically for pain relation diagnoses. Does it work 100% of the time? No. And if anyone says it does, I'd be suspicious (that goes for any medical modality) Every person is vastly different. We treat the individual and what they're presenting with (not just pain). If I have 10 people with knee pain, I will be treating all 10 in vastly different ways. That's the beauty and the art of our medicine. But back to your question... I highly recommend you see an acupuncturist for pain relief and to improve your recovery time. I bet you'll be amazed by the results. Best of luck. Happy healing.
Kim Vandeveer (Rohnert Park, CA) on Mar 20, 2012
Katalin Csoka (Mission Viejo, CA) on Mar 20, 2012
Pain management is very successful with acupuncture.
Marcey Rosin (Tucson, AZ) on Mar 20, 2012
There is promising new evidence that acupuncture may be able to treat nerve damage. Several recent studies published in the "Acupuncture in Medicine Journal," a peer reviewed journal associated with the British Medical Journal, indicate that acupuncture may help increase nerve conduction. While there are never any guarantees when treating nerve damage this new evidence is quite promising. What is especially exciting about this new evidence is that it offers a non-pharmacuetical, no harm method to improve nerve conduction. I would strongly recommend that you give acupuncture a try in the treatment of your nerve damage. If you are interested, I would also be happy to provide you with the citations for these recent studies so that you could review the research on the topic and make an informed choice about the benefits of acupuncture to treat your nerve damage.
Richard Ki (Orange, CA) on Mar 20, 2012
It really depends on how severe your nerve has damaged. Acupuncture treatment takes very long time for structural damage. You may discuss with your Local Acupuncture physician about Acupuncture and Herbal treatment.
Lisa Nicholson (San Diego, CA) on Mar 19, 2012
Yes!!! Acupuncture can be an extremely effecting way of reducing pain from nerve damage. Of course every patient is different so results can never be guaranteed, but it is well worth giving acupuncture a try.
Linda Phelps (Seattle, WA) on Mar 19, 2012
Yes, knee pain is one of the common conditions we treat with acupuncture, and it is very effective. Acupuncture can reduce or resolve pain due to nerve damage. In fact, I successfully treated my own knee pain after it suffered nerve damage during surgery. Pain anywhere in the body due to nerve damage can benefit from acupuncture. Here is more information about how acupuncture can help reduce pain:
Kexin Bao (Rosemead, CA) on Mar 19, 2012
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Michael Moy (Willowbrook, IL) on Mar 19, 2012
acupuncture for sure can help with the pain, but it is difficult to cure the problem if the client lives in a cold and humid climate. therefore maintains are needed when due to seasonal changes. Michael Moy LAC.
Andrew Rader (Lagunitas, CA) on Mar 19, 2012
Acupuncture is a very effective method of treating many types of painful conditions. The only way to know how effective it will be for you is to try it. One session will not be enough. I usually tell my patients to try 3 sessions to get a sense of how it is working for them. Often people will feel results immediately but it may not last. How effective it will be depends on many factors; such as how long the pain has been there, is it caused by some continuing source, or was it a single episode of trauma? What tissues are involved, bone, tendon, ligament, nerve etc.? How are you coping psychologically? All of these variables will effect the outcome of any treatment including acupuncture. The good news with acupuncture is the worst case scenario is that it will not help. You will not be harmed by trying.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Mar 19, 2012
Yes, Acupuncture can help reduce inflammation and pain, also your Acupuncturist may teach you some points you can use at home to help improve your condition.
Jody Eisemann (Norwalk, CT) on Mar 18, 2012
Acupuncture is considered an energetic medicine, versus the biochemical model used in Western medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine considers all kinds of pain an “energy blockage” and generally painful conditions of all kinds seem to respond very well to acupuncture care. Not knowing the particulars of your pain, it is hard to say acupuncture cannot help, so I would suggest trying a course of acupuncture treatments, between 6 to 10 sessions, and then re-evaluating. Heat, electro-acupuncture and Chinese herbs for pain might also be useful in such a situation.
Ta-Li Chang (La Habra, CA) on Mar 18, 2012
With nerve damange it is definitely hard to treat and will take longer to treat. Most acupuncturist can do more than just acupuncture. Tui-Na(bodywork, not just massage) can help find and treat the other problems that is making the pain worse. other modalities that can help: Herb, Moxibustion, ear acupuncture, cupping.
Paul Kempisty (New York, NY) on Mar 18, 2012
Acupuncture is first and foremost known for its positive effects on pain. Post knee replacement surgery pain is something most acupuncturists could help you with.
Chantal Davis (San Diego, CA) on Mar 18, 2012
Yes, I definitely believe it can. It can help bring blood flow to the area which will allow healing to begin.
Sharon Rose (Portland, OR) on Mar 18, 2012
Yes! Acupuncture is fantastic for nerve repair. In fact, I wrote my these on stroke recovery, which is all about hepling neurons heal.